Big Eyes Trailer Arrives

Tim Burton chronicles a real-life art scandal

Big Eyes Trailer Arrives

by James White |
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Usually to be found around grotesque but strangely compelling creatures, or putting Johnny Depp in make-up and wigs, Tim Burton has made a very different sort of film for his latest, Big Eyes. Even Big Fish had touches of the fantastical, but this is a stylish and completely real-life tale. Check out the first trailer for the film, which stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz.

Big Eyes chronicles the story of Walter and Margaret Keane, who became known in the '50s and '60s for crafting one of the first mass-marketed art sensations. Their ocularly enhanced pictures were sold in petrol stations and small stores around the US. In a sexist twist reflecting the age, it was Walter alone who became famous for the pictures, parlaying the fiction that he created them into TV talk-show stardom. But it was Margaret who actually did the work, and claimed her share of the profits when she and Walter divorced. To prove her ownership in court, the judge ordered a paint-off between the pair.

This has been a passion project of Ed Wood writing team Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander, who harboured dreams of directing it themselves. But after a long development process that saw versions, including one starring Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds, come and go, they put that aside when Burton boarded the project.

Big Eyes, which also stars Danny Huston, Jason Schwartzman, Krysten Ritter and Terence Stamp, will arrive here on December 26.

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