Political Value of Magical Realism in Films


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Political Value of Magical Realism in Films
There is a political value to magical realism in films. The tension between reality and fantasy in Pans Labyrinth serves to convey a political message. That message is one of anti-fascism, though done careful and brilliant filming and storytelling. The makers of the movie do not shy away from the evilly compelling aspects of fascism. Captain Vidal is among the most horrifying characters in cinema, but his screen presence is absolutely addictive. He is like a perversion of manhood and chivalry, virtually embodying their opposite, while retaining the brute strength of a raw and vicious male who represents a bureaucracy that uses violence as its primary means of organization.
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.....agination of a child. For while a child’s self preservation skills may not be so well honed, her mental state is undeniably natural.
This naturalness of psyche is well depicted through magic realism when the setting is under fascist control, because the ironies that may expose fascism as evil are forbidden. The cruelest bit of genius that fascism understands is that fascism grows by making everyone around behave like a fascist. Or die.
Therefore, contrasting fascist Spain with an imaginary landscape serves to create a comparison that could not exist. Few political warnings against fascism have as much depth as the film Pan’s Labyrinth. It is the sort of movie that should be used to help educate people against the dangers of totalitarianism.