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Guillermo del Toro's Notebooks

Posted: February 25, 2018
Guillermo del Toro's Notebooks
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Guillermo del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions sounds like a fascinating, even thrilling piece to read...if you know Spanish. And cursive. Yes, of course the acclaimed director's notebooks - which reflect his insane imagination just as much as his films do - are narrated in English, but the original copies of his own handwriting might be the coolest part of owning the volume. And naturally they are in del Toro's native tongue, and his own unique script.

Actually, I take that back. del Toro seems to alternate between Spanish and English in parts of the notebooks. I see one page with a block of Spanish writing to start, but halfway down it turns into, "Did you know that every cell phone now has a damn camera? Every one of them. And they're pretty good too. You can imagine what that does to us? To our budget?" Good insight, Guillermo. I know what it did to my budget: Hasta luego, 35mm film for $8.95 a roll!

For those who wonder what the Hellboy goes on inside the mind of the writer / director of fantastical films from Pan's Labyrinth to The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities shows some of the inspirations, thoughts, and personal obsessions that feed his creativity, and that led to his development acclaimed and cult classic films.

The notebooks include running commentary, interview text, and annotations that contextualize photographs and drawings. James Cameron wrote the foreword and Tom Cruise the afterword, so you know the weirdness of this Guillermo de Toro notebook collection holds from the very first word to the very last.

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