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The three amigos

The transnational filmmaking of Guillermo del Toro, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and Alfonso Cuarón

By Deborah Shaw

The three amigos
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  • Publish Date: Mar 2015
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    Description

    Now available in paperback, this is the first academic book dedicated to the filmmaking of the three-best known Mexican-born directors, Guillermo del Toro, Alejandro González Iñárritu and Alfonso Cuarón.

    Deborah Shaw examines the career trajectories of the directors and presents a detailed analysis of their most significant films with a focus on both the texts and the production contexts in which they were made. These include studies on del Toro's Cronos/Chronos, El laberinto del fauno/Pan's Labyrinth, and Hellboy II: The Golden Army; Iñárritu's Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel; and Cuarón's Sólo con tu pareja/Love in the Time of Hysteria, Y tu mamá también, and Children of Men.

    The Three Amigos will be of interest to all those who study Hispanic and Spanish cinema in particular, and world and contemporary cinema in general.

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    Shaw concisely and efficiently utilizes a number of theoretical fields in her discussion, including careful scrutiny of the marketing, profits and the attendant creative freedoms and constraints these suppose, in addition to carrying out close textual analysis of key stylistic and technical characteristics of the films. This is an important book that convincingly argues that these three amigos, who are the most successful filmmakers of Mexican origin in financial and international terms, are exemplars of transnational filmmaking and demonstrates the multiple ways in which their 'films have caused critics to rethink classificatory borders' (225).

    Contents

    Introduction
    Guillermo del Toro: the Alchemist
    1. Cronos: Introducing Guillermo del Toro
    2. Generating an Authorial Presence with Hellboy II: The Golden Army
    3. El Laberinto del Fauno: Breaking Through the Barriers of Filmmaking
    Alejandro González Iñárritu: Independent Filmmaker
    4. Change to Crashing into the International Film Market with Amores Perros
    5. 21 Grams: An American Independent Film made by Mexicans
    6. Babel and the Global Hollywood Gaze
    Alfonso Cuarón: A Study of Auteurism in Flux
    7.1 Sólo Con tu Pareja: Bringing the Middle Classes Back to Mexican Cinemas
    7.2 Less than Great Expectations: Working within the Hollywood System
    8. Cuarón Finds his Own Path: Y Tu Mamá También
    9. Children of Men: the Limits of Radicalism
    Conclusion
    Appendix: Discussion thread on comicbookresources.com about del Toro and Mignola and the Hellboy films.
    Bibliography
    Filmography
    Index

    Author

    Deborah Shaw is Reader in Film Studies at the University of Portsmouth

    The three amigos

    By Deborah Shaw

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