Laberinto Del Fauno

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For my third cultural project I watch El Laberinto del Fauno, by Guillermo del Toro Gómez. The film is known in English as pan’s labyrinth but the direct translation would be the labyrinth of the faun. The film was rated R and it deserves this rating. The film was dark fantasy and had many scenes suited for adults. It was a Spanish/Mexican film(“EL LABERINTO”). It was enjoyable and did provide some insight into the life and culture of the setting.
The movie took place in 1944 Spain. The setting is important to several plot points. In 1944 Spain would have only recently ended its civil war (Encyclopædia Britannica). The war was between the republican government and the nationalists. Both had foreign support. The nationalists got support from fascist Germany and the republicans from the Soviet Union (Encyclopædia Britannica). This is helpful in understanding the why they made the speech about people having food. Ensuring that people are fed is a hallmark of socialism and communism. The nationalists won the war but continued to be plagued by pockets of resistance (THE FRANCO YEARS). These resistance fighters are what brings the captain out into the fields and with him Ofelia and her pregnant mother. Outside of Spain the world is nearing the end of the second world war, this was referenced in the newspaper talking about D-day.
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I remember seeing some advertisements for the movie making it out to be a family movie and the case compares it to “The Lord of the Rings.” It is not a family movie. As stated earlier there is a lot of violence in this movie. Other than children, who should not see this film, people should be warned that is not happy and the violence is very realistic I had a hard time watching the scene where the captain uses a wine bottle to smash in a farmer’s face. It does have wonderful scenes and graphics. I enjoyed the complex characters and motives people had. It was also set in a place
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