Pan's Labyrinth

Pan's Labyrinth

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Director: Guillermo del Toro

Cast: Ariadna Gil, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López


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Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro returns to the phantasmagorical cinema that defined such early fare as Cronos and The Devil's Backbone with this haunting fantasy-drama set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War and detailing the strange journeys ofSee more details below


Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro returns to the phantasmagorical cinema that defined such early fare as Cronos and The Devil's Backbone with this haunting fantasy-drama set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War and detailing the strange journeys of an imaginative young girl who may be the mythical princess of an underground kingdom. Her mother, Carmen (Ariadna Gil), recently remarried to sadistic army captain Vidal (Sergi López) and soon to bear the cruel military man's child, shy young Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) is forced to entertain herself as her recently-formed family settles into their new home nestled deep in the Spanish countryside. As Ofelia's bed-ridden mother lies immobilized in anticipation of her forthcoming child and her high-ranking stepfather remains determined to fulfill the orders of General Francisco Franco to crush a nearby guerilla uprising, the young girl soon ventures into an elaborate stone labyrinth presided over by the mythical faun Pan (Doug Jones). Convinced by Pan that she is the lost princess of legend and that in order to return to her underground home she must complete a trio of life-threatening tasks, Ofelia sets out to reclaim her kingdom and return to her grieving father as Vidal's housekeeper Mercedes (Maribel Verdú) and doctor (Alex Angulo) plot secretly on the surface to keep the revolution alive.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
While the darkness of Grimm's Fairy Tales has been gradually sanitized by both the passage of time and the growing desire to shelter youngsters from the cruelty of the outside world, Guillermo del Toro has cut away the safety net woven by the overprotective powers that be to craft an intoxicating and original fable with the power to simultaneously enchant and repulse. After seemingly perfecting the melding of historical fact and imaginative fantasy with The Devil's Backbone, a horrified del Toro realized that whatever he thought he knew about war and death had been immediately rendered void when, just two days after the film made its debut at the Toronto Film Festival, the world was forever changed along with the New York skyline. In the aftermath, the filmmaker would escape grim reality by crafting an entertaining pair of CG-heavy Hollywood actioners that, despite outward appearances, still weren't entirely devoid of the political commentary expressed in his most serious-minded work. Now, after proving that he is capable of producing a slick hit despite a frustrating false start in blockbuster-land, del Toro has returned with a companion piece to The Devil's Backbone (a "sister" film in the director's own terms) which delves headlong into the subjects of fascism, brutality, and innocence with an insight he simply didn't have before the modern world plunged into darkness. Just as a film such as The Devil's Backbone couldn't have existed with the Spanish Civil War, a film such as Pan's Labyrinth couldn't exist without the apocalyptically titled War on Terror. It would be impossible to tell a tale as brutal as Pan's Labyrinth without the balance of great beauty, and in the lens of cinematographer Guillermo Navarro, del Toro has found a collaborator capable of carrying his ambitious vision. The composition, color, and stylistic texture of Pan's Labyrinth suggest a fevered child's hallucinatory interpretation of an amalgamation of fairy tales. Of course, in order to achieve such a dramatic effect, the frame demands to be filled not only with phantasmagorical imagery but an exceptional selection of talent as well, and in Ivana Baquero, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú, and Doug Jones, del Toro has found the ideal cast. The initial innocence and subsequent shattering of a young girl who gradually comes to comprehend the inhumanity that surrounds her is heart-wrenchingly realized by Baquero, while Lopez inspires fierce loathing from his initial appearance and Verdú beautifully embodies the spirit of furtive, gentle righteousness right up until the moment she unleashes the fury that has been silently building inside. In his duel roles as the playfully menacing titular faun and the downright terrifying Pale Man, formally trained mime and noted contortionist Doug Jones continues the collaboration with del Toro that began with Mimic to striking effect. If there is truly a modern heir to the Karloff throne, it is almost certainly Jones, whose chameleon-like ability to disappear into a character allows him to instill them the kind of depth and personality that would be near impossible to achieve with even the most advanced computer-generated creation. From del Toro's perfectly balanced screenplay to his assured skills as a visual storyteller, the fearless performances of an immensely talented cast, the sleepy lullaby that forms the foundation of Javier Navarrete's score, and special effects that have the power to dazzle and horrify, all the elements in Pan's Labyrinth fall beautifully into place to form an genuinely affecting adult fairy tale.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ariadna Gil Carmen
Ivana Baquero Ofelia
Sergi López Vidal
Maribel Verdú Mercedes
Doug Jones Pan / Pale Man
Alex Angulo Doctor
Manolo Solo Garces
Cesar Vea Serrano
Roger Casamajor Pedro
Ivan Massague El Tarta
Gonzalo Martin Uriarte Frances
Eusebio Lazaro Father
Paco Vidal Priest
Juanjo Cucalon Mayor
Lina Mira Mayor's Wife
Mario Zorilla First-Aid Boss
Sebastian Haro Civil Guard Captain
Mila Espiga Doctor's Wife
Pepa Pedroche Conchita
María Jesús Gatoo Jacinta
Ana Saez Paz
Chani Martin Trigo
Milo Taboada Young Man
Fernando Albizu Engineer
Pedro G. Marzo Manager
Jose Luis Torrijos Sergeant Bayona
Inigo Garces Young Guerrilla 2
Fernando Tielve Young Guerrilla 2
Federico Luppi King
Chicho Campillo Old Man
Brittney Bush Insect
Elizabeth Irastorza Fairy/Ballerina
Shirley Cheechoo Stick Insect
Chong Che Leung Stick Insect
Mario Klemens Conductor

Technical Credits
Guillermo del Toro Director,Costumes/Costume Designer,Producer,Screenwriter
Reyes Abades Special Effects Supervisor
Guiomar Alonso Stunts
Alex Angulo Costumes/Costume Designer
Belen Atienza Executive Producer
Alvaro Augustin Producer
Leire Aurrecoechea Production Manager
Ivana Baquero Costumes/Costume Designer
Jeff Barnes Executive Producer
Sara Bilbatua Casting
Marc Blanes Sound Mixer
Eugenio Caballero Production Designer
David Jiménez Cambón Stunts
Diego Herberg Canela Stunts
Jose Manuel Cerdan Stunts
Alfonso Cuarón Producer
Angel L. Gómez De La Torre Stunts
Ivan Baena Delgado Stunts
Domenic DiGiorgio Animator
David Dominguez Camera Operator
David Ebner Executive Producer
Alejandro López Estaci Stunts
Angel L. Gómez Fernandez Stunts
Juan Francisco García Stunts
Carlos Giménez Set Decoration/Design
Martin Gómez Camera Operator
Alvaro Hernandez Stunts
Martin Hernandez Sound Editor
Lala Huete Costumes/Costume Designer
Doug Jones Costumes/Costume Designer
Eusebio Lazaro Costumes/Costume Designer
Chris LeDoux Songwriter
Michael Elvis Lines Stunts
Antonio Arnalte López Stunts
Enrique López Stunts
Sergi López Costumes/Costume Designer
Elena Manrique Executive Producer
David Marti Makeup Special Effects
Szymon Masiak Animator
Fernando Millan Stunts
Juan Montoya Stunts
Eduardo Moratilla Stunts
Guillermo Moreno Stunts
Javier Mateos Morillo Associate Producer
Javier Navarrete Score Composer
Bertha Navarro Co-producer
Guillermo Navarro Cinematographer
Ivan López Nieto Stunts
Jorge López Nieto Stunts
Juan Carlos López Nieto Stunts
Akira Orikasa Executive Producer
Miguel Polo Sound/Sound Designer
Jose Quetglas Makeup
Juan J. Rodríguez Stunts
Emilio Rubio Stunts
Julia Bonilla Sabina Stunts
Bruce Saintclaire Camera Operator
Enrique Salvador Stunts
Cesar Solar Stunts
Carmen Soriano Screenwriter
Adam Stern Consultant/advisor
Marcos Lorente Talens Stunts
Sandra Tejedor Makeup
Frida Torresblanco Producer
Justo Usin Stunts
Maribel Verdú Costumes/Costume Designer
Paco Vidal Costumes/Costume Designer
Bernat Vilaplana Editor
O.D. Welch Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pan's Labyrinth, Disc 1
1. There Lived a Princess [5:50]
2. Captain Vidal [5:38]
3. The Magic Rose [3:21]
4. Fathers and Sons [3:17]
5. Into the Labyrinth [6:41]
6. Mercedes [6:20]
7. The Giant Toad [7:20]
8. A New, Clean Spain [4:23]
9. Take Me to the Labyrinth [3:19]
10. Our Daily Bread in Franco's Spain [2:00]
11. Lullaby [7:20]
12. The Pale Man [6:57]
13. The Maquis [5:21]
14. Skirmish in the Hills [4:55]
15. Torture [3:49]
16. You Failed! [5:00]
17. Magic Does Not Exist [3:28]
18. Take Me With You [6:15]
19. Just a Woman [4:57]
20. Vidal's Wound [6:37]
21. The Blood of an Innocent [9:14]
22. End Titles [6:52]


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