Ian Nathan, the British-based author of Stranger vault, Terminator vault and Everything you can imagine: Peter Jackson and Making of Middle-Earth is back again with a deep (if unauthorized) dive into the incomparable Guillermo del Toro.
Guillermo del Toro: the iconic filmmaker and his work hits shelves on October 19 and promises to “analyze processes, themes and narratives” in all del Toro films, from Cronos all the way through his best picture-winning The form of water.
Chapter titles suggest that the book follows in the footsteps of most biographies, starting with del Toro’s childhood in Mexico and hitting all of his career highlights along the way, including Hell’s kid and Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Pacific Rim, The devil’s backbone, Pans labyrinth and even covers a little fresh with del Toros coming Nightmare Alley and Pinocchio.
There are already a few books on the market about making del Toro’s films, and the director himself published a fantastic look inside his twisted mind called Curiosity. If you have never read it, I can not recommend it enough. Del Toro opens his heart and his notebooks, filled with his stunningly macabre sketches and notes, while working through the ideas that would become some of his most iconic films.
Authorized vs. unauthorized biographies
Unauthorized books can go on the edge of a knife. Sometimes this means that the book may not quite reach the level of depth and detail as one with the subject involved. Sometimes it can more easily find the truth without the subject wanting to paint their process in a happier and less contentious light.
Now Ian Nathan is a respected author in this field and I have no doubt that this book will be well researched and the analysis of del Toro’s work will be thorough and considerate. Both authorized and unauthorized books serve a purpose, and with Nathan involved, you know you are going to get something well done.
I’m particularly curious what his angle is on the upcoming del Toro projects. Without del Toro’s direct involvement, I have no idea how Nathan will approach these things that no one has seen anything from yet.
I think we’ll see each other sometime October 19th rolls around.
You can pre-order a copy of Guillermo del Toro: The iconic filmmaker and his work from Amazon. And while you are there, why not also grab del Toro’s own book, Curiosity, and really got in the Halloween mood!
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