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El laberinto del fauno/Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro, 2006)
Spanish horror
in Spanish cinema 1973–2010
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Guillermo del Toro's El laberinto del fauno/Pan's Labyrinth is one of the greatest successes of its decade. This chapter argues that Pan's Labyrinth deserves to be read within a particularly Spanish context. Beginning by raising the question of whether there is a specific kind of horror in the Spanish audiovisual sector, the chapter then makes reference to varied and influential precursors in the field and places Pan's Labyrinth within that context. Particular attention should be paid to Pan's Labyrinth's principal production companies, the transnational specialist film enterprise Tequila Gang and Spanish national TV channel Tele 5, whose Estudios Picasso was at the time the most successful audiovisual producer in Spain. Finally, the chapter finally offers a close textual analysis of Pan's Labyrinth itself, calling attention to the points at which it coincides with and those at which it diverges from the transnational tradition of horror and its unique Spanish variant.

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Spanish cinema 1973–2010

Auteurism, politics, landscape and memory


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