Dieselpunk Around the World: Pan’s Labyrinth

As the name implies, International Dieselpunk Day is exactly that: international. Therefore, there’s a lot of great Dieselpunk material set in locations all over the world.

In this post we focus on the amazing movie Pan’s Labyrinth (Spanish: El laberinto del fauno, “The Faun’s Labyrinth) written and directed by Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro.

To quote Wikipedia:

Pan’s Labyrinth takes place in Spain in May–June 1944, five years after the Spanish Civil War, during the early Francoist period. The narrative of the film interweaves this real world with a fantasy world centered around an overgrown abandoned labyrinth and a mysterious faun creature, with which the main character, Ofelia, interacts. Ofelia’s stepfather, the Falangist Captain Vidal, hunts the Spanish Maquis who fight against the Fascist reign in the region, while Ofelia’s pregnant mother grows increasingly ill. Ofelia meets several strange and magical creatures who become central to her story, leading her through the trials of the old labyrinth garden.

Important Note: Pan’s Labyrinth is very dark and at times very violent. While the central character is a child, it is not a children’s movie. In the United States it was given an R rating largely due to the graphic violence. The American movie reviewer Roger Ebert described Pan’s Labyrinth as, “gruesome and brutal as it is enchanting and spellbinding”.


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