the format in which its director prefers it

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The last film released in theaters by Guillermo del Toro, ‘the alley of lost souls‘, came to theaters at a difficult time: the pandemic did not encourage the masses to move back to the big screen, and the Mexican director’s proposal, as personal and dark as ever, did not have the Oscars advertising hook from ‘The Shape of Water’. The experiment ended with a notable failure at the box office.

And that did not premiere as Guillermo del Toro he thought during filming that it made more sense: in black and white, to get even closer to the 1947 version of the same title, starring Tyrone Power and Joan Blondell (although the original source for the story is a fabulous novel by William Lindsay Gresham). In a interview with indiewire revealed that there was a black and white montage of the film, although the box office crash prevented it from being re-released with full honors, as was the case with similar experiments such as ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ or ‘Logan’.

To access it you just have to enter Disney +, in the movie ‘The alley of lost souls’, and in the extras section, the ‘Visions in light and darkness’ section. This is the black and white version, otherwise absolutely identical to the color version: it tells how a pitchman with the talent to manipulate people with a few words begins an obsessive relationship with a dangerous psychiatrist.

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Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett bring the two to life vertices of this obsessive relationship, which finds its true reason for being in this black and white version. According to Guillermo del Toro, although it was shot with the intention of being released in color, it was illuminated with a system of three light points typical of classic cinema not to go. That is why his passage to that format is so natural and not forced at all.

The last film released in theaters by Guillermo del Toro, ‘the alley of lost souls‘, came to theaters at a…

The last film released in theaters by Guillermo del Toro, ‘the alley of lost souls‘, came to theaters at a…

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