Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 331 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
In this study, McDonald and Clark achieve a comprehensive and scholarly examination of the director and his cinema. In a thoroughly researched account of del Toro's literary and cinematic influences, his experimentation with genre, the trans-national quality of his work and his self-identification as a fan, the authors build a sharp and fascinating portrait of del Toro. To this they add a series of lucid and critical readings of the director's films that show an admirable command of del Toro's multi-generic and multicultural points of reference. Building the study around the apposite metaphor of del Toro as alchemist, McDonald and Clark's study captures the person and the work brilliantly, combining exhaustive research with an evident enthusiasm for the subject matter. The result, as alchemical as del Toro's cinema, is an in-depth yet highly approachable book that will appeal to scholars and fans alike. -- Sheldon Penn, Lecturer in Latin American Studies, University of Leicester, UK.
A lucid, rigorous mid-career study of Guillermo del Toro's films, Guillermo del Toro: Film as Alchemic Art is critical reading for students and scholars of del Toro's cinematic oeuvre. McDonald and Clark situate del Toro's films as transnational, hybrid narratives informed by traditional and non-traditional styles as well as the fantasy and horror genres and auteurist tradition. The result is a nuanced portrait of the transformative nature or "alchemic art" of del Toro's narratives, which the authors point out feature "counter-narratives," non-Hollywood endings, and imagery that is alternately brutal and beautiful. This hybrid, "accented" cinema illustrates the mystery, violence, and transformations inherent in the stories del Toro tells. -- Juli A. Kroll, Associate Professor of Spanish, University of St. Thomas, USA
This is as good an account of del Toro's influences, preoccupations and films as one could hope for. It combines detailed analysis of the films with a wide-ranging examination of the cultural context of his work, including cinematic, literary and artistic influences, as well as considering him from the perspectives of transnational cinema, queer cinema, and the rich relationship that he has with the world of fandom. A well informed, lucid and stimulating study. -- Andrew Tudor, Emeritus Professor of Film and Television, University of York, UK
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