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Guillermo del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions Hardcover – 25 Oct 2013

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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (25 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781169268
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781169261
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 2.7 x 31.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A mix of the macabre, the weird and the strangely beautiful... the perfect introduction to the mind of Guillermo and so gorgeous." -Empire

"This eye-pleasing compendium provides valuable insights... Short of taking a tin opener to Del Toro s skull, you couldn t get a better look inside his head." SFX

"If you re a fan of his visionary art and unique storytelling, you simply have to own this book." --Bizarre

"A spooky delight to flick through." --Geek Native

"The book as a whole is not only one of the most beautiful books I have seen, but is an illuminating insight into a unique talent and also how modern genre films are made. But more than all that, it is a simply spectacular book. Buy it." --Geek Syndicate

"This is truly the mother lode for fans." -GQ

"Just made me hungry for more... I only wish other directors were as candid as this." --SF Crowsnest

"A full-colour, lavish feast for the eyes arguably one of the most handsome genre-centric books to come down the pike in recent years. Start dropping the festive hints to your loved ones right now. Blackmail them if you have to." --Fright Fest

"A stunningly realized volume with a pleasing Eastern European vibe." --Independent on Sunday

"This is truly the mother lode for fans." -GQ

"Just made me hungry for more... I only wish other directors were as candid as this." --SF Crowsnest

"Guillermo s larger-than-life personality dominates proceedings, and it s a fascinating insight into his incredible imagination." --Imagine FX

About the Author

Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican director, producer, screenwriter, novelist and designer. He is best known for his films Blade II, the BAFTA award-winning and Oscar-nominated Pan's Labyrinth and the Hellboy film franchise.


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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 Nov. 2013
Format: Hardcover
Length: 2:20 Mins
If you like Guillermo del Toro's films, heard of his Bleak House but have never seen what's inside, or just admire his sense and sensibilities, this is going to be an incredible book for you. It provides wonderful insight into the working mind of a director and eclectic collector.

This is a big and heavy book. The hardcover is nicely embossed to make it feel like a wooden bookshelf. Inside, the book is filled with plenty of pictures and extensive text which makes for a substantial reading.

The book's roughly split into three parts, covering his collections, notebooks and lastly the unfinished projects.

The first part shows off the amazing collection of items found in his man cave, also known as Bleak House. There are photos of the different rooms and the incredible amount of objects he collects. There are movie props, huge piles of books, all sorts of character figures, a few life-size sculptures, one is of H.P. Lovecraft, in the hallway there's the monster Sammael from Hellboy and many more. The whole place feels like an intimate museum. The photos are delightful, and when you look closely you can spot surprises, such as a Totoro or a book you might also have read.

In this section, GDT also talks about his graphic inspirations, on how he read paintings, analyse films, explains his techniques of storytelling and his idea incubating notebooks. Fascinating.

The second part on notebooks actually looks at the eight films he has made so far, namely Cronos, Mimic, The Devil's Backbone, Blade II, Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy II and Pacific Rim.

In interview style, author Marc Scott Zicree (MSZ) and GDT talks at length and in detail the inspiration behind each film. It's really insightful to read about how the ideas morph and evolve.
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Goodness me, this is a beautiful book. Due to a combination of overzealous book buying and the physical constraints of my bookshelves, I've reached the point where I will only hold on to books that are either somehow unique or personal favourites - Cabinet of Curiosities, I feel, qualifies as both.

Every page of this book confirms that Del Toro is a true visionary, and it's truly sad that the lengthy film-making process means that his output will inevitably be somewhat limited. We should appreciate what he has managed to produce. His takes on Hellboy stand out in a field of bland and overly-similar comic book adaptations, and in my humble opinion the realms of fantasy and horror have never been so well combined on film as in The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth. Even his latest effort, Pacific Rim, which could have been an utterly brainless monster vs robot snorefest, is thoughtfully designed and executed.

If you like Del Toro's films, or even just well-made books, then this is a must-buy.
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My missus loves Del Toro and this glossy book was a nice, unusual gift for her. A great book to leave on the coffee table for guests to flick through. Great photos of his second house, his thinking space and full of collectables ... basically his man cave.
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Format: Hardcover
Length: 0:50 Mins
If you've followed the career of director Guillermo del Toro, you no doubt have an admiration for his films. On the whole, some films are more successful than others - but they all have great design work. In particular, his films are known for their abundance of creatures (some elegant, others terrifying).

We get personal artwork from every film that Mr. del Toro has directed - "Cronos", "Mimic", "The Devil's Backbone", "Blade II", "Hellboy", "Pan's Labyrinth", "Hellboy II: The Golden Army", and "Pacific Rim". Most of these are early drawings, sketches, and storyboards - and some of it differs greatly from what appears in the finished film. There are also full-page scans from del Toro's idea journals, which includes extensive writing in both English and Spanish. I am so glad that this artwork has been made available, it shows how much time and effort goes into the designs of these movies.

Del Toro has been attached to dozens of projects, yet he has only made 8 films. So there's a lot of work that has yet to make it to the screen - fortunately, we also get a few pages of designs from some of these unfinished projects, such as "At the Mountains of Madness" and "Meat Market".

By far the best and most numerous designs come from "Pan's Labyrinth" and the two "Hellboy" movies... a lot of the book's real estate is dedicated to those films. In terms of disappointments, I would have liked to have seen more from "Pacific Rim" - there are about 10 pages or so on that movie, but oddly there are no Jaeger or Kaiju drawings.

What's NOT included in the book: most notably, del Toro spent 2+ years working on pre-production of "The Hobbit" before leaving the project. As a fan, I would have loved to see some of his artwork from Middle-Earth.
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A truly insightful and beautifully produced window into the mind of Guillermo del Toro. The book itself is large format and high quality in both print finish, paperweight and overflowing with both imagery of concept sketches, renders, on set behind the scenes candid shots and a wealth of info and inspiration in written word that will intrigue and entertain. Whether you've seen just one of his films, a handful of them, or are an epic fan and have seen them all, this book will not disappoint.
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