A couple of years ago, I was privileged to attend Warren Etheredge’s interview of Guillermo del Toro. I found Mr. del Toro to be unassuming and open. It is my opinion Pan’s Labyrinth won an Academy Award and gained public popularity, at least in part, because of the mythical nature of the story and images.
In this interview, del Toro mentioned that he has a personal mythology library in his “man-cave.” I doubt that del Toro’s genius, his interest in mythology and his award winning films are mere coincidence. (click here for a discussion on genius by Elizabeth Gilbert)
Pan’s Labyrinth, was the inspiration for the following commentary. In an excerpt from his web site, Tom Flynn, PhD, says about this film:
“Many interpretations are made possible by this movie [Pan’s Labyrinth], and that is part of what makes it mythic. To me, the mythic is the invisible skeleton of story, and when storytelling enriches the possibility of more storytelling by people’s discussions in trying to understand it, then we, in our extended narratives, become the mythmakers, if you will. I just made that up. I like it. I think the academic term for this outspinning of stories from myth is mythopoesis, an ongoing re-rendering of story and myth.”
Go to Tom’s web page for more.
If you sat through to the final page of credits in the film “Gravity”, you saw Mr. Guillermo del Toro at the top the list given Special Thanks. Hmmm.