Suggesting that a body of work can be unified by recurring motifs and a signature style, cinema's auteur theory is most frequently applied to filmmakers known for favoring esoteric musings over literal narratives. The success of Guillermo Del Toro, however, may cause critics to rethink their definition. Deriving inspiration from such eclectic sources as comic books, religious rituals, monster movies, and historical upheaval, the Mexican-born director has created a body of work in which reality and fantasy are indistinguishable, where the path of enchantment is beset with lurking horrors. Anticipating the release of Del Toro's Pacific Rim, a sci-fi extravaganza pitting giant monsters against giant robots, the Trylon Micocinema is hosting a five-film retrospective of the filmmaker's work. Audiences can witness such feverish imaginings as the audacious reworking of the vampire mythos, Cronos (1993), and a ghost story set in the midst of the Spanish Civil War, The Devil's Backbone (2001). Those more in the mood for two-fisted demon fighting will want to check out Hellboy (2004) and its equally impressive sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), both of which star Ron Perlman as the cloven-hoofed hero. For many, though, Del Toro's defining work remains Pan's Labyrinth (2006), a dark fairy tale in which one young girl must complete three mystical tasks to reveal her true identity. $8. Mondays and Tuesdays, visit www.take-up.org for showtimes.
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