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The A To Z Of Tim Burton
The Alice in Wonderland director's career in 26 easy pieces
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The A To Z Of Tim Burton | Influences
The A To Z Of Tim Burton | Influences


What do the Cat in the Hat, Jason and the Argonauts, William Castle, Snow White, Hieronymus Bosch, and Francis Bacon have in common (apart from the makings of a phenomenal dinner party)? The answer, of course, is that each has inspired and influenced Burton's work. From the Harryhausen-like stop-motion of Vincent to the Jefferson Airplane-riffing Alice in Wonderland, Burton films wear their influences lightly. If one influence runs through them all though, it's the dark, fantastical stamp of German Expressionism (and telling people that will totally make you sound intelligent). Danny De Vito's hunched, be-hatted Penguin? That'll be Robert Wiene, director of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Gotham? Fritz Lang's Metropolis. Edward Scissorhands? Dr. Caligari's sleepwalking assistant Cesare. Don't surprised if Dark Shadows' vampires have bald heads, nibbly teeth and unfeasibly long fingers, Nosferatu-style.

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Your Comments
1 RE: Make us a film please Tim?
Posted on Friday March 5, 2010, 11:06 by JIm R
enius, love his films. t="trebuchet ms"] ith Hitchcock, my fave director. Read More

2 Make us a film please Tim?
Posted on Thursday March 4, 2010, 22:43 by film nut
The Batman films Tim did were always the best. I always used to read the Batman graphic novels and later there was a Robin set also. It would be good if Tim could make a Robin film, the kind of dark, gothic look would be perfect and you could count on it being well made. The film would write itself virtually and im sure plenty of people would go see it. Hope for it by 2011ish, sure it will make a packet :-) Read More

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