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Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro
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October 09, 1964
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 47 wins & 31 nominations.
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Some Facts
In a January 2007 interview on the radio program "Fresh Air with Terry Gross," said that his strictly Catholic grandmother was a "Piper Laurie in Carrie (1976)" figure in his childhood. He told Gross that his grandmother would require him to mortify himself in self-punishment, in one case placing metal bottle caps into his shoes so that the soles of his feet were bloodied while walking to school. She also tried to exorcise him twice because of his persistent interest in fantasy and drawing monsters from his imagination.
His favorite movie monsters are Frankenstein's Monster and the Creature of the Black Lagoon.
Turned down a chance to direct I Am Legend (2007), One Missed Call (2008), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) and Halo to work on Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008).
Children with Lorenza Newton: Mariana Del Toro' and Marisa Del Toro.
In an article in USA Today (August 22, 2011), del Toro listed his 6 favorite fright flicks: "Freaks" (1932), "The Uninvited" (1944), "The Innocents" (1961), "Jaws" (1975), "Alien" (1979), and "The Shining" (1980).
Personal Quotes
'Stanley Kubrick''s absolute control over the medium turns his rock-solid framing and tense timing into real weapons pointed directly at the unsuspecting audience of The Shining (1980). No one has ever used the Steadicam as perfectly as he did in the tracking shots behind Torrance, Danny's tricycle. He uses the soundtrack brilliantly, fusing concrete music with sound effects and score to unsettle and position the uber-mannered, hyper-real performances of his actors. And, refreshingly, Kubrick is not above moments of Grand Guignol: the elevator doors spilling blood, the axe on the chest, the Grady twins bathed in blood or the old undead crone festering in the bathtub. He proves that great horror can be both shocking and a highly artistic endeavor.
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When you have the intuition that there is something which is there, but out of the reach of your physical world, art and religion are the only means to get to it.
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History is ultimately an inventory of ghosts.
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The natural state of a movie is 'not-getting-made.'
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[on what attracts him to genre films] The beauty and the horror. These directors have made great works of art in a genre that most people just throw in the garbage bin, that they don't think is important. But 'the Innocents' is as powerful a film as you'll see in any genre. It towers above other films.
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