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Book review Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke "pan's Labyrinth"

Filmz.ru: The article 09.03.2020 at 18:20

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Great tale Guillermo del Toro is now on paper, and is worthy of the original proposal. "When working on a book I haven't looked at the script, says Cornelia Funke. – I watched the film, frame by frame, second by second. I researched the very fabric of the cinematic and the more admired the skill of the weaver".

"it was like a dream, and in dreams, there cannot be" – remember how it is.

Guillermo from the start explained that he didn't want to get a simple retelling of the movie; he waited for more from me. I wouldn't change a single moment because, in my opinion, this film is perfection. {...}

I was enchanted, bewitched. Wandering through the labyrinth of a brilliant narrator I brought along innumerable treasure of creative inspiration.

Cornelia Funke is a German children's book writer, quite in his circle well-known and highly respected. We don't know why Guillermo del Toro chose her for this mission – to turn his script and filmed him on film in the book – but I can guess what he found in her works is something that is near and their perception of the world. Wikipedia says that Funke like no other "realized the value of stories, helped {...} to escape from the sad reality and be carried away by the imagination in magical worlds"; but "pan's Labyrinth" (book removes the old questions: now Fawn definitely with capital letters) – that's about it!

the back cover of the book Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke "pan's Labyrinth"

About how in the midst of the Spanish civil war girl Ophelia learns that she – 're Princess moanna, daughter of the king of the underworld, born of the moon, but "not out of a human womb", once escaped from the Kingdom, "where there are no lies or pain", in inviting her (but deceived loss of memory) the human world – but now having the chance the happiest way to come back.

All you have to do is prove that her "essence remained the same", according to the instructions of the Book of fate by doing the "three tasks before the full moon".

Fawn drawl purred.

— yeah... — He patted the dagger. — You see... — He said casually and at the same time, as if apologizing. — The gate will open only if it gets innocent blood. Only one drop.

He said the word "blood" as if it had no weight, and even hands like he brushed it away.

— a Pin in the butt, and just everything! — added Faun, jokingly colnum your hand open with the edge of the dagger. — This is the last job.

And with a gesture he drew a circle, symbolizing completeness.

the back cover of the book Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke "pan's Labyrinth"

To the credit of the writer, she was able to transform a well-familiar story is really in the book in which many phrases and images, nothing is impossible in film.

"Ophelia's Mom, without knowing, also believed in a fairy tale. The most dangerous of all: that the Prince and save her."

"Learn the secrets of adults is to understand their adult world and learn to survive in it."

"Words, like bread crumbs, pointed the way through the night".

"it is not Easy to find something, but even harder not to be scared of what was found".

"We dream about magic, but true magic is very scary."

Evil rarely manifests immediately. At first it was only a whisper. Look. A little betrayal. Then it grows, takes root is still invisible, unnoticeable. Only in fairy tales evil has an explicit form.

the back cover of the book Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke "pan's Labyrinth"

And there is also a very good clarification motion video:

"Vidal disliked bright light. He liked to see his own darkness."

"He was able at one glance to make a man feel the knife under his ribs."

"the mother's fingers shook as she undid the buttons on the dress and continued to smile, pretending that life and love are what she wants them to see."

"the Mercedes was beautiful. Bravery enveloped her like a Royal mantle."

"Ferreira already noticed before: a new day gives strength even after the most gloomy night. Sometimes enthusiasm goes a long way, but more often it fades into the sunset".

the Image on the ceiling the details shown, what does the Pale Man.

On the drawings the children, hands outstretched, begging for mercy as the beast pierced them with knives and swords, torn to pieces and greedily devoured. These scenes were written so vividly that it seemed you can hear the screams of the victims. It was too much! Ophelia lowered her eyes, escaping from the nightmare paintings, and came across the sight of hundreds of children's sandals and shoes, dumped piles against the wall.

had Nowhere to go from the horrible truth. The pale Man was a devourer of children.

That's right.

the back cover of the book Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke "pan's Labyrinth"

And yet there is something that was not in the movie: ten stories, complementing the magical component to this story ("Guillermo called them interludes").

for Example, about the sculptor who carved the wood statue of the Faun – so she certainly found the Princess ("I promise, it will not stop and will not die until you fulfill the order").

About the mill, which was left without the mill pond after the soldiers of one nobleman drowned in it the witch ("Every year on the day of death witches are all ground at the mill, the flour was turning black. Even the cats protecting the grain from mice, did not dare to approach her").

About the king, so passionate about all kinds of hours, that might seem that "he is afraid of death and hopes to postpone it, with the precision of measuring time" ("On his orders, the soldiers chained clown to the gears of the huge clock and the king without compassion watched the gears broke all the bones of his former pet. Servants were never able to fully clean the mechanism of the blood").

the back cover of the book Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke "pan's Labyrinth"

But the most remarkable – about the Pale man, who already at thirteen years killed the first child – "his younger brother, whom he loved and at the same time envied him."

Soon after, he began to work for the priest, consisting in the Spanish Inquisition. The Inquisition — a terrible weapon of the Catholic Church, created to chase and to kill all who doubted Church dogma. From the priest he learned a lot about torture and the different ways to kill. In three years, Pulido surpassed the skill of his teacher and tested it on all that time to study. He ate the priest's heart while it was still beating, because I read somewhere that cruelty can multiply, absorbing her.

in fact, after eating, Palido felt more sophisticated the darkness. One night, after a particularly zealous bullied over another victim, eyes of Palido could no longer look at what he did, and fell out of their sockets like overripe fruit. Then the Pale Man cut himself on the hand holes to carry the eyes on the palms. Sometimes it hindered him during the hunt.

the back cover of the book Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke "pan's Labyrinth"

As you can see, it's not a "children's tale". This book is about the fact that "the most terrible beasts walking on two legs", about that "fauns are good, and there are not really" about "the scariest monsters always lurk at the bottom, they shook the ground when so want it to be durable and reliable." Well, about that "all the really important initially hidden", and "if you have to choose one of the three, to choose what is modest and is not evident".

So just remember that "book pages can be open Windows and doors, paper wings can fly away"...

Ophelia slipped her feet into shoes and left the house behind the fairy. Scary still was not. As if all this has already happened once, and anyway, who doesn't believe the fairy, even if it appears middle of the night? Perhaps fairies always come at night. And it is necessary for them to go. So they say in fairy tales, but they're much truer than the stories adults? The book tells all about what adults are not allowed to ask. About life. Of death. About good and evil. That's really important.

"Everything else – magic," warns Cornelia Funke.

the Cover of the book Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke "pan's Labyrinth"

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