FILM | FIRST LOOK AT TIM BURTON’S MARGARET KEANE BIOPIC “BIG EYES”

September 22, 2014  |  Film

This week, we get our first look at Tim Burton‘s upcoming Margaret & Walter Keane biopic Big Eyes, documenting the lives and controversy surrounding the king & queen of 1960s kitsch art who sparked the “Big Eye” painting phenomenon that still resounds today in the  work of painters like Mark Ryden and Yoshitomo Nara. And, unlike his last string of unwatchable movies, this film, set for a Christmas release by The Weinstein Company, might just be the saving grace that puts Burton back on his feet artistically.

Underground art fans have long been devoted collectors of the kitsch paintings of Margaret Keane who became a veritable art star in the 1960s & 70s with her imagery of big-eyed girls and boys that seemingly populated every suburban American living room and den of the era. Her work quickly spawned an entire industry of attendant merchandise, including dolls, toys, postcards, and all manner of collectible junk your great aunt Eunice used to have laying around the house, and her signature imagery went on to directly influence generations of artists in her wake.

Unfortunately for Keane, her notorious husband Walter claimed authorship of all his wife’s paintings for years until her identity as the true artist was ultimately revealed in one of the true tabloid scandals of the day. Starring Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams in the title roles with a script by Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood, The People vs Larry Flynt), the film film’s key dramatic scene *Spoiler alert* is sure to center around the moment when the Keanes were forced to prove who the actual artist of the couple was in divorce court proceedings. When challenged on the stand by the judge, Margaret promptly whipped out a canvas and painted her way to victory on the spot.

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Amy Adams as Margaret Keane

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