Pan's Labyrinth

Guillermo del Toro's beautiful and bloody Pan's Labyrinth, a fantasy adventure/political drama, is the focus of the ninth episode of a film criticism playlist. The narrator looks at the film through two interpretative lenses: as a story of a young girl who creates a fantasy world to escape the realities of her life, and as a film that shines a harsh light on the monstrous behavior of man.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Viewing the film requires parent or guardian permission for viewers under 17
Classroom Considerations

  • The film is in Spanish with English subtitles
  • The episodes in the playlist are designed to be viewed in order and reference concepts discussed in previous episodes
  • Given the subject matter and the film's R rating, the film and the review are most appropriate for college level film studies students

  • Film clips are included to illustrate concepts in the review

  • None
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