Guillermo del Toro - RT's Dinner and the Movies Interview

The visionary director spends an hour talking to us about his career.

Part 12 of 12: On the trouble with modern moviemaking...


Highlights from the video:
The way we view film is really vertical. We look up to filmmakers in the way that we look up to classic painters or writers or so on. But the leeway for failure that we give a painter or a writer or a poet is far less public or far wider than a filmmaker has.

We're coming to a dangerous point in many ways, both as creators and as spectators we're responding to the model of moviemaking and screenplay writing that Hollywood has created and has been enunciated by people like Syd Field. Even people with a deeper cinematic culture, people that you think should know that there's no need for a "payoff" - they still can say, "That or that didn't pay off."

So many characters get thwarted that way because they're made to have logical journeys instead of emotionally charged journeys.

Back to the start.

Comments

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

DEL TORO IS THE MAN!

Jul 10 - 10:26 AM

Some guy you dont know

Bruce Campbell

God bless this man.

Jul 10 - 01:22 PM

HappyBudda

Phillip Benavides

del Toro is slowly becoming one of my favorite directors.. i can't wait to see Hellboy II.

Jul 10 - 06:42 PM

smi1ey

Matt Dunn

I ditto the previous 3 comments. This guy is truly dedicated in heart mind and spirit to his work.

Jul 10 - 07:58 PM

TreeSapX

Tyler Runde

Add me to that list.

Jul 10 - 08:41 PM

Rafael28

Rafael Calzada

Greatest film director of our time, can't see anyone coming close.

Jul 11 - 01:09 AM

Cal7

Cal Webb

Christopher Nolan is def better than him

Jul 11 - 09:36 PM

agutierrez20

Agustin Gutierrez



I think Batman and Memento are good movies, but looking at the body of work of both directors i'll go with Del Toro, Nolan is good but not even close to GDT as far as inventive and original.

Jul 11 - 10:40 PM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

What about Insomnia and The Following. They are both great directors to me though, besides Del Toro's Mimic he hasnt made a bad movie.

Jul 11 - 11:46 PM

Rafael28

Rafael Calzada

Insomnia could have been way better, it was so mediocre. I also thought Batman Begins was pretty over-rated.

GDT is a visionary.

Jul 12 - 01:25 PM

Acuna3

Miguel Acuna

Well lets be fair; GDT has done a lot more movies than Nolan has, therefore he has had more time to develop. And although I do agree that Insomnia wasn't as great as it could have been, GDT isn't perfect either, since he was responsible for the wretch that was Mimic. So although GDT might be better now, Nolan will eventually become a force to be reckoned with, and Memento/Following is proof of that.

Jul 14 - 01:34 AM

thetruebastard

bart barker

"Greatest film director of our time, can't see anyone coming close."

He is great, but I can see a lot of people coming close:

Alfonso Cuaron
Chanwook Park
P.T. Anderson
Alexander Payne
Wes Anderson
Bong Joon-ho
Etc.

Plus, you have guys like Cronenberg and Herzog still doing damn fine work.

Jul 16 - 09:55 AM

firecover098

fire you

He's hot. BTW, did you guys see his profile on 'Ri ch ki ss. c om'? Is he lonely? He has a nice profile with hot pics. And more he's a certified millionaire there. Is he looking for new dates seriously there?

Jul 11 - 06:14 AM

Rusty Broomhandle

Jaco Gerber

Haha... I was somewhat annoyed at the spammer above, but then it occurred to me how utterly hilarious it is.

Anyone here wanna see hot pics of Guillermo del Toro?

Jul 11 - 06:59 AM

TheIceGhost

Harry Myland

It's ashame he had to turn down Deathly Hallows, he would'a rocked the hell out of that (well, those) movie(s).

I also think he should direct an adaptation of the graphic novel Three Shadows, by Cyril Pedrosa.. that would be a-w-e-s-o-m-e.

Oh well, at least we have The Hobbit to look forward to.

Jul 11 - 09:41 AM

ploox

Ryan MacDuff

this guy is a definite genius, can't wait to see what he does with the hobbit

Jul 11 - 03:31 PM

Cal7

Cal Webb

Christopher Nolan is def better than him

Jul 11 - 09:36 PM

agutierrez20

Agustin Gutierrez



I think Batman and Memento are good movies, but looking at the body of work of both directors i'll go with Del Toro, Nolan is good but not even close to GDT as far as inventive and original.

Jul 11 - 10:40 PM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

What about Insomnia and The Following. They are both great directors to me though, besides Del Toro's Mimic he hasnt made a bad movie.

Jul 11 - 11:46 PM

Rafael28

Rafael Calzada

Insomnia could have been way better, it was so mediocre. I also thought Batman Begins was pretty over-rated.

GDT is a visionary.

Jul 12 - 01:25 PM

Acuna3

Miguel Acuna

Well lets be fair; GDT has done a lot more movies than Nolan has, therefore he has had more time to develop. And although I do agree that Insomnia wasn't as great as it could have been, GDT isn't perfect either, since he was responsible for the wretch that was Mimic. So although GDT might be better now, Nolan will eventually become a force to be reckoned with, and Memento/Following is proof of that.

Jul 14 - 01:34 AM

TheMrE

Randall Espinoza

Why don't you guys make a regular podcast out of this (and all) the interviews. I would love to watch them on the go.

Jul 11 - 09:52 PM

agutierrez20

Agustin Gutierrez



I think Batman and Memento are good movies, but looking at the body of work of both directors i'll go with Del Toro, Nolan is good but not even close to GDT as far as inventive and original.

Jul 11 - 10:40 PM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

What about Insomnia and The Following. They are both great directors to me though, besides Del Toro's Mimic he hasnt made a bad movie.

Jul 11 - 11:46 PM

Rafael28

Rafael Calzada

Insomnia could have been way better, it was so mediocre. I also thought Batman Begins was pretty over-rated.

GDT is a visionary.

Jul 12 - 01:25 PM

Acuna3

Miguel Acuna

Well lets be fair; GDT has done a lot more movies than Nolan has, therefore he has had more time to develop. And although I do agree that Insomnia wasn't as great as it could have been, GDT isn't perfect either, since he was responsible for the wretch that was Mimic. So although GDT might be better now, Nolan will eventually become a force to be reckoned with, and Memento/Following is proof of that.

Jul 14 - 01:34 AM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

What about Insomnia and The Following. They are both great directors to me though, besides Del Toro's Mimic he hasnt made a bad movie.

Jul 11 - 11:46 PM

Rafael28

Rafael Calzada

Insomnia could have been way better, it was so mediocre. I also thought Batman Begins was pretty over-rated.

GDT is a visionary.

Jul 12 - 01:25 PM

Acuna3

Miguel Acuna

Well lets be fair; GDT has done a lot more movies than Nolan has, therefore he has had more time to develop. And although I do agree that Insomnia wasn't as great as it could have been, GDT isn't perfect either, since he was responsible for the wretch that was Mimic. So although GDT might be better now, Nolan will eventually become a force to be reckoned with, and Memento/Following is proof of that.

Jul 14 - 01:34 AM

Rafael28

Rafael Calzada

Insomnia could have been way better, it was so mediocre. I also thought Batman Begins was pretty over-rated.

GDT is a visionary.

Jul 12 - 01:25 PM

Acuna3

Miguel Acuna

Well lets be fair; GDT has done a lot more movies than Nolan has, therefore he has had more time to develop. And although I do agree that Insomnia wasn't as great as it could have been, GDT isn't perfect either, since he was responsible for the wretch that was Mimic. So although GDT might be better now, Nolan will eventually become a force to be reckoned with, and Memento/Following is proof of that.

Jul 14 - 01:34 AM

mouveebuff99

sam chaires

GDT has been the most under rated Filmaker for the past few years. Devels Backbone was great. I seen that when it first came out to rent. I was blown away, I then have followed his career very closely. I am a young filmaker myself and watching these videos that RTs has on, has been like a class lecture. This guy is great.

Jul 12 - 05:17 PM

the train

Vinnie Oliveri

the mimic screenplay is available at http://sfy.ru/sfy.html?script=mimic, if anyone is interested in exploring the original third act. i thought it was a more believable ending than the one in the original movie. i would love to see what he could do with mimic if given the leeway to do it.

Jul 12 - 09:43 PM

tomwaitsjrHAPPYICONOCLAST

Greg Guro

One of the ten best directors working in the world.

Jul 13 - 09:02 PM

diskjokk

Mario McQuay

Del Toro is one of the best directors working today. When I first saw Pan's, I was riveted, captivated, and enthralled; it was such a nice surprise to see a good, original, and entertaining story. After watching Pan's, I made sure to watch every other film Del Toro directed.

Thank goodness for a director like Del Toro.

I also agree with another post made earlier that RT should make this series a podcast if possible.

Jul 13 - 09:26 PM

wordweaver12

Afrika welang

I love Del Toro and his visionary is to be respected. However, he tends to be a little over the top which is a good thing. My only fear is that, he might make "The Hobbit" too colorful and the movie could loose its flair

Jul 13 - 09:54 PM

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