The shape of water was a great success with the public: we summarize the history and authors of the Oscar-winning film, with an eye also to its outcome with critics and to the numbers of the box office.
The shape of water it’s a film that has given its author a lot of satisfaction Guillermo del Toro and its actors, including Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins e Michael Shannon. Let’s go back to this work in its key elements, starting from the very bizarre story it tells.
The shape of water, the plot of Guillermo del Toro’s film
1963, full Cold War. Cleaning lady in a secret laboratory, the mute Elisa seems to have hung up every expectation of existence, resigned to its diversity. Chance puts her and her colleague Zelda (Octavia Spencer) on the path of a curious being, a sort of creatura anfibia human looking, held captive in a tub. There is something indescribable that binds Elisa to the “monster”, but the unlikely link between the two will have to blossom while the violent Colonel Strickland (Shannon), head of the center, is very interested in probing all its capabilities. Elisa will have few allies by her side, but certainly among them is the neighbor Giles (Richard Jenkins) who, as a homosexual in a complex age, lives the difficulties of diversity. The amazing love story between Elisa and the amphibian being (played by Doug Jones) will have a symbolic value for many.
The shape of water, the prizes won by Guillermo del Toro’s film and its takings
The shape of water it was literally covered with prizes, among the most prestigious. On the other hand, Guillermo del Toro’s film began its journey at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the Golden Lion in 2017. It was just the beginning, because the gothic and visionary fairy tale in 2018 brought home two Golden Globe, for the best direction and the best soundtrack (by Alexandre Desplat), prelude to the triumph of Oscar: the Academy awarded the feature film with four statuettes, those for best film, direction, music and production design (summarily translated into Italian with “scenography”). In the meantime he had also raked in nominations for lead actress, supporting actor and actress, screenplay, photography, costumes, editing, sound mixing and sound editing.
Costing about 20 million dollars, The Shape of Water has brought home over 195: a low figure in absolute order, but rather high in relation to the budget and considering that we are still talking about an authorial film not based on any franchise.
The shape of water, our interviews with director Guillermo del Toro and actor Richard Jenkins
On the occasion of the release of The Shape of Water, we had the opportunity to interview its director Guillermo del Toro and the interpreter Richard Jenkins, one of the lesser known actors to the general public and yet fundamental for American auteur cinema. Del Toro explained to us how his film was a homage to Hollywood cinema, “mix of melodrama and comedy, thriller and musical,” while Jenkins remarked how happy he was to play a real man, not a stereotype: “with hopes and dreams, fears and secrets.” here is the video of our interviews.