Guillermo Del Toro.
From Geometry to The Shape of Water
In 1990 Alfred Hitchcock’s book gets published. Guillermo Del Toro had written it and it was part of a collection edited by the University of Guadalajara. Hitchcok’s election was not fortituous. Del Toro studied an author whose work stands out for the efficiency of the account, and the personal universe that Hollywood actors are conferred with. They are also linked by a childhood where “normality” had aggressively cornered them. Both found the possibility of facing the hardships of an overweight boy through stories and imagination..
Formerly the young boy from Zapopan had begun to film amateur shorts (Doña Lupe and Geometría), which substantially are homages to horror movies and tributes tao what once “the cult critic” had underestimated, Del Toro has a gaze that registers normality in a different way. Not too long ago he said: “Monsters saved me.”
In Cronos (1993) the filmmaker proposes a fusion where the monster is faced with its human condition and lives an ethical dilemma between its conscience and its needs. It is worth mentioning two of the elements that shine: the superb acting and the craftsmanship of the special effects; objects full of life and aesthetic possibilities. Since his arrival to Hollywood in 1997 in the midst of the digitally created images in which the industry submerges, he keeps faithful to the way the significant movies of his childhood were made. The Spanish projects The Devil’s Backbone (whose first treatment locates the characters in the Cristero War) and The Pan’s Labyrinth, portraay a filmmaker in full command.
In Hollywood, he lives the whirlwind of participating in many different projects and motivated by his insatiable cinematographic vocation. In that guise he acquires a double profession: he is a constant producer and a director who is constantly tuning in with his craftsmanship. His movies have a balance between the canons of “old school” filmmaking and characters confronted with an ambiguous frontier where good and evil are intertwined. These are the elements that make The Shape of Water exceptional. The film has been awarded 85 prizes, and numerous ones for Best Direction.
Guillermo Del Toro’s work in all its exceptionality has the allure of the universal.
Gerardo Salcedo Romero