“The Alley of Lost Souls”: Guillermo del Toro bets on a story of betrayal, lust and madness

In 1940s New York, con man Stanton Carlisle teams up with a psychiatrist to rob a dangerous millionaire. (Trailer)

the alley of lost souls, which viewers will be able to see from today in Latin American movie theaters, explores the world of traveling fairs that took place in the 1940s. The story is centered on Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper), a charismatic but unlucky man who becomes the seer’s protégé Zeena Krumbein (Toni Collette) and her husband Pete Krumbein (David Strathairn). Carlisle uses the knowledge he learns from them and with the unconditional support of Molly (Rooney Mara), manages to have great success deceiving the wealthiest people in New York society at the time.

Stanton he learns to take advantage of the human need to believe in something outside of himself. And it goes for more. With the help of a mysterious psychiatrist named Lilith Ritter (Cate Blanchett), plans to rob an important millionaire, which is also quite dangerous.

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Bradley Cooper is the protagonist of this story: a con man who wants more and more. (Courtesy photo)

Corruption, lust and betrayal are part of this story, in which a moral fable about destiny is presented and how it is responsible for settling scores in the lives of each of the characters, addressing that dark side of North American capitalism.

This feature film moves away from the fantastic elements that we are accustomed to William of the Bull in their productions, turning this film into something more human and real. del toro He immersed himself in film noir to present a violent, cynical and corrupt society, in which not only the protagonist is threatened, but also other characters. The director also opted for the use of a lot of color. Symbolically, dark and intense colors add value to the plot.

Corruption, lust and betrayal are part of this story, in which a moral fable about destiny is presented and how it is responsible for settling scores in the lives of each of the characters.  (Courtesy photo)
Corruption, lust and betrayal are part of this story, in which a moral fable about destiny is presented and how it is responsible for settling scores in the lives of each of the characters. (Courtesy photo)

the alley of lost souls It is based on the 1946 novel titled Nightmare Alley, a literary work of the American writer William Lindsay Gresham. This film adaptation addresses aspects that are difficult to identify between illusion and reality, despair and control, success and tragedy.

To the above, it must be added that the character played by Cooper is a reflection of Gresham, who in his childhood was attracted to amusement parks in Coney Island. Over time Gresham he retained that fascination that is reflected in the novel he wrote. To these stories was added what he experienced while serving in the Spanish Civil War, when he befriended another soldier, who told him several strange and lurid stories of his time at traveling fairgrounds. Stories that were reflected in the published book and now in the film made by del toro.

The traveling fairs are very important spaces in this film.  (Courtesy photo)
The traveling fairs are very important spaces in this film. (Courtesy photo)

To make everything look completely authentic in this film, the production team extensively researched the world of mid-20th century traveling fairs, designing a real set. On a large piece of land, they built classic mechanical attractions such as a real Ferris wheel, a carousel, and a heaven-and-hell-themed funhouse. In total, four different versions of the main fair were created, as well as an even darker and dirtier fair for one of the scenes in the film.

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