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schoksi
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(8/8/07 3:41 pm)


Pan's Labyrinth?
I am looking for any literature on fairytale elements in pan's labyrinth. i can see the obvious ones, but still, one needs the reaffirment that the published word provides!!!

Mnemosynehime
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(8/9/07 5:05 pm)


Re: Pan's Labyrinth?
Have you watched the DVD extras? There's some great material there on background reading and themes. As far as has anyone published anything on the film itself yet, I haven't run across anything. But looking at the motifs themselves and researching them is a good place to start: the moon as a feminine symbol, the child, the poison toad, tasks, magical items...

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etaureau 
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(8/23/07 1:35 pm)


Re: Pan's Labyrinth?
I found this blog with a review of the movie and a discussion of the mythological elements in it. It probably isn't what you were looking for but I found it interesting: julianwalkeryoga.zaadz.co...e_unveiled

runalian
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(8/26/07 9:42 am)


Pan's Labyrinth
The only thing I know about the moviethat has to do with symbolism is that the Pale Man who has a lot of droopy skin represents war. He kills children because its the children who are harmed the most during wars. He also represents the "stigmatas of christianity".........I don't think that helps much, sorry.

Van45us
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(8/27/07 8:26 pm)


Re: Pan's Labyrinth
Has anyone found an interview with Del Torro where he states whether Ofelia's fairy tale is real or imagined? I am pretty sure the idea was to leave it ambiguous, but as I recall there are visual clues in the film that indicate it is not imagined.

Mnemosynehime
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(8/28/07 4:30 pm)


Re: Real or Imagined
In one of the extras he states he purposefully meant the fantasy world to be more vivid so that we could understand or see the world as more real to Ofelia's eyes.

One of the strongest points of the writing, I think, is that the story can be viewed either or, it's really happening or she's imagining it, so you can take a literal or psychological approach. This is in line with some of the best early children's fiction such as Travers' Mary Poppins, Peter and Wendy, or Hoffmann's Nutcracker. Depending how you choose to interpret points in the story, you can argue either way, and both ways make for fascinating interpretation.

Van45us
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(8/28/07 8:53 pm)


Re: Real or Imagined
Thanks! It's been difficult to find anything with too fine a point to it, so I supposed that might be the case. When I get it on DVD I'll have to see if I notice anything the second time around.

What I find interesting is no one seemed to have a problem with the end of the film, where some (mostly parents) had a problem with the end of Bridge to Terebithia, which also lightened things with a happy ending of sorts. God forbid if they ever re-made Old Yeller.

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