Fauns, fascism and demon superheroes: considering Hellboy as part of Guillermo del Toro's auteur canon

Dann, Tom (2009) Fauns, fascism and demon superheroes: considering Hellboy as part of Guillermo del Toro's auteur canon. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation examines the films of Guillermo del Toro, in order to uncover the recurring thematic and visual traits which act as the "personal stamps" qualifying him as an auteur director. I determine these traits from textual analysis and research into academic and critical readings of his three Spanish-language films, Cronos (1993), The Devil's Backbone (2001) and Pan's Labyrinth (2006), which are generally regarded as his "personal films". Further, I examine the productions of these films in order to determine how much influence the films being made outside of a commercial context had on del Toro's level of creative control. I then apply these findings to del Toro's first English-language films, Mimic (1997) and Blade 2 (2002), in order to expose similar thematic preoccupations and visual tendencies, or lack thereof, as well as the films' productions, in order to determine how much the production context affected del Toro's authorship of the films. Finally, I use Hellboy (2004) and Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (2008) to explore the viability of a "personal film" within the Hollywood production context, by demonstrating the presence of the aforementioned thematic and visual traits prevalent in del Toro's personal films. Additionally, I investigate further difficulties in qualifying Hellboy as part of del Toro's artistic oeuvre, namely the fact that it is based upon an existing property.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/685

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