Episode 14: Guillermo Del Toro

In this episode of Latinx Lens Catherine and Rosa look into the filmography of Guillermo del Toro. One of the most acclaimed directors currently working in Hollywood, del Toro is responsible for the existence of many beloved films. In this episode they take a look at his first three directed feature films.

CRONOS (1993) Guillermo del Toro’s directorial debut is a strong introduction into the imagination of this Oscar winning director. Follows a man who becomes obsessed with an ancient scarab that gives him youth. It’s an intriguing look of familial relationships, religious symbolism, and a bold interpretation of a monster. 

THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE (2001) This second film visits a historical time in Spain. Taking place in an orphanage, this film depicts the spoils of war. A group of children who become orphans as a result of the war become frightened with the presence of a ghost roaming the area. Again, an intriguing depiction of monsters.

PAN’S LABYRINTH (2006) Perhaps his most well known film that’s also critically acclaimed. Follows Ofelia post Spanish Civil war and her discovery of a fantastical magical labyrinth. 

Latinx Lens Recommends: MACARIO (1960) The first Mexican film to be nominated for an Academy Award in the Foreign (International) category. Macario is a peasant who’s faced with a difficult decision when 3 deities ask him to share his food.