French director slams Guillermo del Toro for 'plagiarism'

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For the second time in recent weeks, an Oscar-nominated director is being accused on Saturday of stealing elements from other works for his highly acclaimed film.

Guillermo del Toro, the Mexican director who is up for an Academy Award at next month’s ceremony in , is said to have lifted scenes from two French-language films that were worked into The Shape of Water.

The Shape of Water, which was directed and produced by del Toro, leads the field with an astounding 13 Oscar nominations, including best picture, best director, and best original screenplay.

Guillermo del Toro, the Mexican director who is up for an Academy Award at next month’s ceremony in Hollywood, is being accused by French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (above) of lifting scenes from two  of his films and working them into The Shape of Water

Guillermo del Toro (above), the Mexican director who is up for an Academy Award at next month’s ceremony in Hollywood, is being accused by French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet of lifting scenes from two  of his films and working them into The Shape of Water

Guillermo del Toro (right), the Mexican director who is up for an Academy Award at next month’s ceremony in , is being accused by French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (left) of lifting scenes from two  of his films and working them into The Shape of Water

But Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the French filmmaker who gained international fame for his 2001 romantic comedy Amelie, said del Toro plagiarized from that movie as well as his cult classic Delicatessan.

Jeunet made the accusation in an interview with Ouest France.

He told the French newspaper that he confronted del Toro about one particular scene from his film.

The scene shows two characters from the movie, played by British actor Sally Hawkins and Richard Jenkins, doing a two-step dance while sitting on a sofa and watching an old film.

One scene in question shows two characters from The Shape of Water, played by British actor Sally Hawkins and Richard Jenkins (above), doing a two-step dance while sitting on a sofa and watching an old Hollywood film

One scene in question shows two characters from The Shape of Water, played by British actor Sally Hawkins and Richard Jenkins (above), doing a two-step dance while sitting on a sofa and watching an old film

Jeunet says that particular scene is nearly identical to one he filmed in his 1991 work Delicatessan. The scene above shows French actors Dominique Pinon and Karin Viard

Jeunet says that particular scene is nearly identical to one he filmed in his 1991 work Delicatessan. The scene above shows French actors Dominique Pinon and Karin Viard

The news site IndieWire pointed out that the scene looks remarkably similar to one from Delicatessan.

‘I told [del Toro]: “You have a lot of imagination, a lot of talent. Why go and [steal] the ideas of others?”’ Jeunet told the French publication.

‘[Del Toro] said, “We owe Terry Gilliam everything.” According to [del Toro], he does not steal from others, it is Terry Gilliam who has

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