A couple weeks back, a reader recommended that we check out Pan's Labyrinth, and that's turned into one of the best recommendations we've received since starting this blog. We haven't gotten the full theatrical experience of the film yet (only a poor-quality DVD screener), but it's a gorgeous, darkly moving grown-up fairytale (different than an "adult fairytale") that we can't wait to buy on HD-DVD. Directed by Guillermo Del Toro (who also directed the amazing film The Devil's Backbone) the movie was named best picture of 2006 today by the National Society of Film Critics, and Chromewaves posted a thoughtful writeup about the film here. Here's the song heard in the trailer, taken from Javier Navarrete's subtle yet affecting score:
Javier Navarrete Long, Long Time Ago mp3
Here's the official trailer:
Check out the Pan's Labyrinth myspace page for more info on the film. Purchase the score here.
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