We’re huge fans of the iconic filmmaker, Guillermo del Toro and this book by Ian Nathan is a real treat exploring his movies, his processes, and singular creative vision. From White Lion Publishing, Guillermo del Toro: The Iconic Filmmaker and his Work, is a beautifully presented 176-page hardback book, complete with a nice slipcover and packed with glorious behind the scene photographs, and stills from his films. The book delves deep into del Toro’s psyche, his beginnings in Mexico, the creative but isolated child surrounded by ornate catholicism and monster magazines, filming stop motion battles between his toys on a Super-8 film camera. The book follows his journey through film school, his influences, and explores his debut movie Cronos, an independent horror that explores religious and occult themes which would recur throughout del Toro’s work. From directing 1997’s sci-fi horror Mimic, his success with the blockbuster Hellboy films, and the Oscar award-winning Pan’s Labyrinth and The Shape of Water, as well as his sci-fi masterpiece Pacific Rim. The book comes right up to date with his upcoming projects Nightmare Alley and Pinocchio. For anyone fascinated with Guillermo del Toro, the book offers an enlightening look into the mind of an auteur, the themes and narratives that have come to be recognised as distinctly del Toro. The stylistic flourishes, narrative techniques, and creative decisions, and of course practical effects and an obsession with folklore and paganism – all of these have made him a true master of modern cinema. This is definitely a must-have book for any movie fan, especially lovers of the fantasy and sci-fi movies of Guillermo del Toro. If you can’t get to a book shop and want a quick glimpse inside, please check out our preview video above. Guillermo del Toro: The Iconic Filmmaker and his Work, is part of the Iconic Filmmakers Series from White Lion Publishing, and is available now (in time for Christmas!) from Amazon. For more sci-fi, fantasy, and horror-themed artbook videos please check out our new YouTube channel.
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