A quick note about what Scenes ISN’T. It’s not going to be a shot by shot look at the scene. Though I have no doubt that some entries will demand just that. Nor is it going to be the kind of purely visual essay that you find done so well at Moon In The Gutter or Shock Of Glimpsing.
Instead Scenes is going to be about looking closer. I truly do believe that a lot of what makes a film work is intangible. Scenes is about what happens when I’m in the opposite mood. It is simply a closer look.
Needless to say, there will be spoilers.
The scene in Pan's Labyrinth needs a little bit of setting up. A few scenes before the one I want to discuss, the runt of the Spanish resistance fighters has been captured by Captain Vidal and now lays at his mercy. We know, though the captain doesn't that the boy has the power to not merely compromise the Spanish resistance forces, but several of his own staff as well, including his head of household, and doctor.