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Trauma – childhood – History: The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth

Keith McDonald

Keith McDonald holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and is the Head of Programme for Media, Film Studies and Mass Communications at York St John University, UK. His research interests include popular culture, cult cinema and digital media. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Roger Clark

Roger Clark taught literature and film in UK Universities for over thirty years and has published on contemporary fiction and film. He was Senior Lecturer in Literature Studies at York St John University, UK, where he is currently Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Guillermo del Toro : Film as Alchemic Art

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...This chapter considers del Toro’s political horror films: The Devil’s Backbone (El Espinazo del Diablo) and Pan’s Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno). If Cronos brought an alchemic touch to the vampire movie, re-politicizing the genre in its...

From Development Hell to the Pacific Depths: The Strain and Pacific Rim

Keith McDonald

Keith McDonald holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and is the Head of Programme for Media, Film Studies and Mass Communications at York St John University, UK. His research interests include popular culture, cult cinema and digital media. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Roger Clark

Roger Clark taught literature and film in UK Universities for over thirty years and has published on contemporary fiction and film. He was Senior Lecturer in Literature Studies at York St John University, UK, where he is currently Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Guillermo del Toro : Film as Alchemic Art

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...The period between 2008 and 2013, the end of which marks the appearance of del Toro’s next film as a director, Pacific Rim, was characterized by an almost feverish stream of projects that did not materialize or were shelved. We discuss...

Influences and Intertexts

Keith McDonald

Keith McDonald holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and is the Head of Programme for Media, Film Studies and Mass Communications at York St John University, UK. His research interests include popular culture, cult cinema and digital media. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Roger Clark

Roger Clark taught literature and film in UK Universities for over thirty years and has published on contemporary fiction and film. He was Senior Lecturer in Literature Studies at York St John University, UK, where he is currently Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Guillermo del Toro : Film as Alchemic Art

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...This chapter represents an attempt to document some of the enormously varied filmic, literary and visual material that has contributed to the evolution of del Toro’s art. This evolving process might be dubbed (pace Harold Bloom) the ecstasy...

Introduction

Keith McDonald

Keith McDonald holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and is the Head of Programme for Media, Film Studies and Mass Communications at York St John University, UK. His research interests include popular culture, cult cinema and digital media. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Roger Clark

Roger Clark taught literature and film in UK Universities for over thirty years and has published on contemporary fiction and film. He was Senior Lecturer in Literature Studies at York St John University, UK, where he is currently Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Guillermo del Toro : Film as Alchemic Art

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...The title of this study of Guillermo del Toro’s films was decided upon early on in the project. The alchemic metaphor is one that he himself employs from the very start of his film-making career and has been cited elsewhere as being...
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...Street – Day It’s midday. Sunny. A silver 1987 VW Rabbit speeds through the streets. Car – Day Inside the car are Octavio and Jorge, both sixteen years old. They have long hair and jeans. Octavio is wearing a leather jacket. Jorge looks...

Gothic Superheroes: Blade II, Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Keith McDonald

Keith McDonald holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and is the Head of Programme for Media, Film Studies and Mass Communications at York St John University, UK. His research interests include popular culture, cult cinema and digital media. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Roger Clark

Roger Clark taught literature and film in UK Universities for over thirty years and has published on contemporary fiction and film. He was Senior Lecturer in Literature Studies at York St John University, UK, where he is currently Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Guillermo del Toro : Film as Alchemic Art

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...Writing in 2002, the year in which Blade II appeared, John Whately summarized the then relation of the Gothic to high culture in the following way:The status of the Gothic text has then always been problematic; a form that is denied yet...

Fan as Film-maker

Keith McDonald

Keith McDonald holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and is the Head of Programme for Media, Film Studies and Mass Communications at York St John University, UK. His research interests include popular culture, cult cinema and digital media. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Roger Clark

Roger Clark taught literature and film in UK Universities for over thirty years and has published on contemporary fiction and film. He was Senior Lecturer in Literature Studies at York St John University, UK, where he is currently Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Guillermo del Toro : Film as Alchemic Art

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...It is the intention of this chapter to argue that del Toro has a unique place in contemporary ‘geek’ film-making as a director who is lauded as an artist with an accomplished ability and authorial mission and a fellow fan with vested...

Accented Fantasy and the Gothic Perverse

Keith McDonald

Keith McDonald holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and is the Head of Programme for Media, Film Studies and Mass Communications at York St John University, UK. His research interests include popular culture, cult cinema and digital media. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Roger Clark

Roger Clark taught literature and film in UK Universities for over thirty years and has published on contemporary fiction and film. He was Senior Lecturer in Literature Studies at York St John University, UK, where he is currently Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Guillermo del Toro : Film as Alchemic Art

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...This chapter further interrogates Guillermo del Toro’s relationship with two key areas of screen studies: transnationalism and Queer cinema. We situate del Toro in the context of contemporary transnational cinema, both as an exilic...

Twisted Genres: Cronos and Mimic

Keith McDonald

Keith McDonald holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and is the Head of Programme for Media, Film Studies and Mass Communications at York St John University, UK. His research interests include popular culture, cult cinema and digital media. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Roger Clark

Roger Clark taught literature and film in UK Universities for over thirty years and has published on contemporary fiction and film. He was Senior Lecturer in Literature Studies at York St John University, UK, where he is currently Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Guillermo del Toro : Film as Alchemic Art

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...This chapter considers del Toro’s first two feature films, Cronos and Mimic, as case studies of his approach to the horror genre and as early examples of his artistic sensibilities. The modes of production of these two films are radically...

‘Golden Age’, El Grupo Nuevo Cine, Boom and Bust

Jason Wood

Jason Wood works for the Curzon Cinema organisation. He is the author of The Faber Book of Mexican Cinema and is also the editor of Nick Broomfield. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Faber Book of Mexican Cinema

Faber and Faber Limited, 2006

Book chapter

...alfonso cuarón director: Remember what Claude Chabrol said: ‘There is no wave, there is only the ocean.’ I am not purely interested in ‘Mexican cinema’, I am interested in cinema. And when you start using these words like ‘wave’, it’s a way...