Guillermo del Toro: Cab­i­net of Cu­riosi­ties

mag­i­cal myste ry tour The ul­ti­mate guide to the in­ner work­ings of the vi­sion­ary Hell­boy and Pa­cific Rim di­rec­tor

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There’s a lot to ad­mire in the film work of Guillermo del Toro. The Mex­i­can film­maker is able to switch be­tween in­ti­mate thrillers (The Devil’s Back­bone, Pan’s Labyrinth) and gar­gan­tuan block­busters (Hell­boy, Pa­cific Rim) al­most ef­fort­lessly. That he man­ages to main­tain his themes of man ver­sus na­ture and the su­per­nat­u­ral world be­neath makes him all the more im­pres­sive.

Cab­i­net of Cu­riosi­ties is an au­to­bi­og­ra­phy-cum-mak­ing of, and what’s clear from it is that Guillermo is as good an artist as he is a sto­ry­teller. It com­piles hun­dreds of his sketches and sto­ry­boards for his movies, and com­pares them with the fin­ished prod­uct – and more of­ten than not there’s noth­ing lost in trans­la­tion. There’s also a tour of his im­pres­sive LA res­i­dence, Dick­en­sianly dubbed Bleak House, which is home to larger-thanlife movie props and me­mora­bilia.

The book is pep­pered with trib­utes to the man from the likes of An Amer­i­can Were­wolf in Lon­don di­rec­tor John Lan­dis, Hell­boy cre­ator Mike Mig­nola, James Cameron and Tom Cruise. How­ever, Guillermo’s larg­erthan-life per­son­al­ity dom­i­nates pro­ceed­ings, and it’s a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into his in­cred­i­ble imag­i­na­tion.

Guillermo’s hand­writ­ten notes and sketches make up a large pro­por­tion of this fas­ci­nat­ing book.

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