- Guillermo del Toro
- Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones, Octavia Spencer
Winner of 4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture!
Guillermo del Toro’s latest offering is at once a dark fairytale, a sequel to The Creature from the Black Lagoon in spirit, and an outré meditation on what it does and does not mean to be human. Colonel Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon) is responsible for overseeing “the Asset” (Doug Jones), a strange aquatic creature kept in the Occam Aerospace Research Center. While Strickland thinks that dissecting the Asset will aid the United States in the Space Race, mute janitor Elisa (Sally Hawkins) feels an intense kinship with the creature. What follows is a story of finding empathy in unexpected places with a twist of del Toro’s signature outlandishness. “Ms. Hawkins, giving a silent performance in a sound film, will perhaps inevitably evoke Charlie Chaplin, as she moves her body and her facial features with Chaplinesque elegance, narrowing the distance between acting and dancing, turning physical comedy into corporeal poetry.” (NY Times)
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture! Winner of Best Director and Best Actress (Sally Hawkins) Awards from the LA Film Critics Association. Guillermo del Toro took home an Oscar and a Golden Globe as Best Director, and composer Alexandre Desplat an Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Original Score.
Return in April for A Conversation with Cornell Alum David Greenbaum ’98 (American Studies), via Skype conducted by retired Cornell Senior Lecturer Lynda Bogel (English). (Thur Apr 12 @ 5:00, Willard Straight Theatre • free and open to the public)
David Greenbaum is Co-Head of Production for Fox Searchlight Pictures. He has shepherded award-winning films that include Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water, Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris’ Battle of the Sexes and Jean-Marc Vallée’s Wild. Fox Searchlight’s upcoming slate includes Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite, and Benh Zeitlin’s Wendy.
Greenbaum also serves as Managing Director of the Fox Innovation Lab where he produced Fox’s first major foray into Virtual Reality with Ridley Scott’s The Martian VR Experience, as well as Wes Anderson’s upcoming Isle of Dogs: Behind the Scenes in Virtual Reality. He is a graduate of Cornell University (B.A. 1998) and Oxford University (M.A. 2000). As an undergraduate at Cornell, Greenbaum took classes with then Senior Lecturer Lynda Bogel (English), who taught, among other courses, Writing About Film and Hitchcock.