Big eyes

Walter Keane's paintings of waifs with big tearful eyes were frowned on by art critics, but their huge popular success made hlặng a fortune. Years later, the truth emerged: the works were actually not created by Walter, but by his wife Margaret - who painted them in secret while her husbvà took the credit.

Why did she go along with the deception? Would the paintings have become famous without the smooth-talking Walter to lớn promote them?

These are questions that Burton explores in Big Eyes, which stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz as the Keanes, alongside Terence Stamp as Thủ đô New York art critic John Canaday who describes the artworks as "an infinity of kitsch".

The film reunites Burton with writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who worked with hyên on 1994 biopic Ed Wood, about the cult film-maker.

The director tells the Đài truyền hình why he has long been fascinated by the weird-eyed portraits & how he copes with sharp-penned critics.

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image captionTlặng Burton had commissioned paintings from Margaret Keane before he became involved in the film

Since childhood. I always thought of it as suburban art, because everyone had it. It was in people's living rooms, offices, doctors' offices, dentists' offices. You know that in childhood some things leave your memory, but these things stuchồng with me.

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I'm interested in pop culture & things; it was just something that was very present & it wasn't until the mid-90s when a friover of mine in New York told me the story about the Keanes. Like most people, until that point I had thought that Walter was the painter of the work, because that's what I rethành viên. I was lượt thích 'wow - this is an amazing, interesting story'.

When I was in San Francisteo I visited Margaret and commissioned a painting from her. It was a couple of years later that I found out that Scott and Larry, who'd written Ed Wood, had a script based on the story.

Do you see an affinity between Margaret Keane và Ed Wood, who were both artists some people sneered at?

As much as people trashed the whole thing, there were a lot of people trying to copy it. I know a lot of people that are inspired by the 'big eye' thing. You have lớn admit that there's a reason why people had it in their living rooms. Even if you hate it, there's something there - it's lượt thích Ed Wood, he's the worst film-maker in the world but at the same time there was a weird poetry khổng lồ his films và you could remember them over other films that won Academy Awards.

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That question of what's good and bad is something that I've sầu always been interested in, because I've sầu experienced it myself. I bởi vì identify with those kind of characters, because there's two sides lớn the story.

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