“With the ambitious and ominous The Devil’s Backbone, Del Toro rises to a new level of accomplishment, adding history and politics to his distinctive blend.” – Kevin Thomas, LA Times
We continue our look back at the films of Guillermo del Toro by skipping his more mainstream action-sci-fi entry Mimic and moving to the film that sealed his Spanish Gothic trademark. Produced by Pedro Almodóvar, The Devil’s Backbone was del Toro’s first chapter in his now stalled Spanish Civil War trilogy. The film takes place in 1939, the final year of the Spanish Civil War at a remote school that functions as an orphanage for the country’s fatherless sons and as an outpost for the resistance against the Nationalists. It is under this oppressive historical context that del Toro builds his one-of-a-kind ghost story, a reflection of power, corruption and violence that will rule Spain for the next 36 years.
Ok, more than half the cast is British, but is there any better movie to celebrate July 4th than The Great Escape? I think not! The Trylon will be showing John Sturges’ prison escape classic all weekend. Get out of the heat, grab a popcorn and celebrate with Steve McQueen. Not to mention: James Garner, James Coburn and Charles Bronson…and a bunch of UK actors with names like Nigel.
The Great Escape Friday & Saturday at 7:00
Sunday at 5:00 & 8:15 Buy Tickets
In anticipation of Guillermo del Toro’s massive Pacific Rim hitting theaters July 12, the Trylon will take a look back at del Toro’s more subtle and creepy beginnings. His debut, Cronos, is a stylish take on the myth of the vampire. Variety called it “a unique, terrifying mini-masterpiece.” The tiny little life-giving blood-drawing mechanism in Cronos may be a far cry from the mecha v. monster madness of Pacific Rim, but there is no doubt that Cronos, made only ten years ago, served as incubation for del Toro’s one-of-a-kind flair.