Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028 Map
Thu, Jan 18, 2018 - Sun, Jan 21, 2018
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Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1964, Guillermo del Toro has spent the last quarter-century rewriting the rules for fantasy, sci-fi and horror on screen. With a lifelong interest in monsters (documented in a recent LACMA exhibit), del Toro spent years designing special effects and make-up, learning the trade from Dick Smith, before launching his filmmaking career with CRONOS in 1993. Since then, the busy writer-director-producer has created films for both Spanish- and English-speaking audiences, characterized by a personal vision that seeks out humanity in even the darkest corners of the imagination.

“Much like fairy tales, there are two facets of horror,” del Toro once noted. ”One is pro-institution, which is the most reprehensible type of fairy tale: Don't wander into the woods, and always obey your parents. The other type of fairy tale is completely anarchic and antiestablishment.” His latest film, THE SHAPE OF WATER, falls squarely into the second camp. A Golden Lion winner at the Venice International Film Festival, the sci-fi drama is set in 1962 at a government lab, where a pair of low-level workers discover a highly classified experiment.

Though the context has changed, uncertainty hangs in the air today just as it did in the Cold War era, and “fairy tales for troubled times” seem particularly appropriate. This series of double features curated by Guillermo del Toro spotlight contemporary and classic film fables pairing beauties with beasts and pitting good against evil. THE SHAPE OF WATER is followed by a 3-D presentation of one of its strongest influences, CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON. The climactic chase between a young girl and a ruthless Spanish army captain in del Toro’s PAN’S LABYRINTH mirrors the pursuit of two children by homicidal preacher Robert Mitchum in THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER. And romance and strange creatures intermingle in two French favorites, Jean Cocteau’s LA BELLE ET LA BETE (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST) and Jacques Demy’s PEAU D’ÂNE (DONKEY SKIN).

Series compiled by Guillermo del Toro, Gwen Deglise, Grant Moninger and William Morris. Program notes by John Hagelston.

We are thrilled to welcome Guillermo del Toro to the Egyptian Theatre for a discussion following THE SHAPE OF WATER!
Egyptian TheatreThu, Jan 18, 2018 - Sun, Jan 21, 2018
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Films in this Series at the Egyptian

Thu, Jan 18, 2018 - 7:30pm
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Guillermo del Toro In Person!
Fri, Jan 19, 2018 - 7:30pm
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Sun, Jan 21, 2018 - 7:30pm
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