Trailering Big Eyes from Tim Burton

Watch the initial trailer for Tim Burton’s Big Eyes (Christmas Day, TWC), his first Oscar contender since Big Fish.

The kitschy, Gothic aesthetic of Big Eyes has been a huge influence on Burton, who produces and directs the biopic scripted by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.

Big Eyes is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters of the 1950s and early 1960s. The artist earned staggering notoriety by revolutionizing the commercialization and accessibility of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The truth would eventually be discovered though: Keane’s art was actually not created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a lie that had grown to gigantic proportions. Big Eyes centers on Margaret’s awakening as an artist, the phenomenal success of her paintings, and her tumultuous relationship with her husband, who was catapulted to international fame while taking credit for her work.

Crafts-wise long-time Burton collaborators Rick Heinrichs (production design) and Bruno Delbonnel (cinematography) should be an Oscar contender along with composer Danny Elfman.

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Movies, Music, Oscar, Production Design

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