Cinema Aesthetic: Pan’s Labyrinth

January 17, 2008

**This is our weekly series on stylealchemy, titled Cinema Aesthetic, which explores the importance of wardrobe and set design within film (mostly) but may include music video and television**

A mediocre movie can distract you for awhile but an excellent film has the ability to mesmerize and transport you to another place for about 120 minutes. Growing up on fairy tales, they had the requisite formula of enduring some sort of turmoil before the hero/heroine could get to the happily ever after. Those tales were Grimm indeed!

Sometimes fantasy worlds are so over-the-top and your investment is so real, that you almost begin to believe that Narnia is just through the back of that wardrobe or that Neverland could be reached by flying from the “second star to the right and straight on till morning”.

Which is exactly what is so great about Pan’s Labyrinth (El Laberinto del fauno). You get completely swept away in this lush wonderul dark tale masquerading under the guise of a child’s fantasy.

Ofelia (played by the very talented Ivana Baquero) has the daunting task of dealing with a new living situation and the uncertainty that surrounds her. Set against the post-war repression of Franco’s Spain one can draw many parallels between the bleak, muted real world and the richly-hued gothic fantasy world.

Costume designer, Lala Huerte put together some fantastic ensembles for the cast including the very sharp-tailored look for mega-villain Captain Videl (the impressive Sergi López) who is just dastardly. (I have always wanted to use that word)

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What really makes this movie besides the plot, the acting and outstanding make-up effects is the scenery and the wonderful set design. Eugenio Caballero helped to take director Guillermo del Toro’s vision and turn it into a sumptious reality.

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Here are some behind-the-scenes footage into the making of the set.

♥ the alchemist

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      lady coveted Jan 17, 2008

      ah… that movie broke my heart.

      it was a lovely break though

      Kimmy Jan 17, 2008

      Ofelia’s wardrobe was so incredible.

      thealchemist Jan 18, 2008

      lady coveted: almost got me at the end, but it is so beautiful!

      kimmy: i know! in both worlds, the clothing was perfect.


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