Step into Guillermo del Toro’s Bleak House with his new book
Movie director Guillermo del Toro has written a book called Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions and it looks remarkable. He’s a bibliophile and this video also shows lots of views of his home (called Bleak House) – check out the books piled everywhere and the painting of Edgar Allan Poe. The director of Cronos, Hellboy, Pacific Rim and Pan’s Labyrinth reveals the inspirations behind his artistic motifs, shares the contents of his personal notebooks, collections, and other obsessions. Lots of his cinematic artwork is deconstructed.
There is a foreword by fellow director James Cameron and oddly an afterword by Tom Cruise, plus contributions from Neil Gaiman and John Landis.
Cameron writes that del Toro’s art, “fearlessly confronts life in all its beauty and horror. He sees with the wonder and stark terror of a child. His notebooks are a map of the subconscious, and his films doorways into the dungeons of our dreams, allowing us to confront our own individual hearts of darkness, to do battle and emerge victorious.”
Born in Mexico, del Toro began his career working as a special effects makeup artist.