Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker Paperback – 1 Nov 2000
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From the Author
A Portrait of the Fantasist-Poet of American Suburbia
Tim Burton may just be the most interesting and individual American filmmaker working today-certainly one of the top few most visually gifted-and my attempt with this book was both to explore his films and the very personal, almost secretive, artist himself. The latter proved especially elusive, since the reticent Burton proved very reticent indeed. Moreover, the further I delved into his various interviews and public statements, the more it seemed to me that this obviously sensitive artist had created a persona to hide behind in what was presented to the world as Tim Burton. However, the solution was there all the time-or at least the key to parts of it-in the combination of what that persona revealed when looked at in conjunction with Burton's work and his life. Somewhere in there is the real Tim Burton-fantasist and poet of suburbia. Any true artist (as Burton certainly is) is inevitably more open in his work than in what he says about himself, and this is very much the case, I feel, with Burton. Between his words and what he has created in film lies a great degree of the truth, though many times that truth is more apt to raise questions than to provide clear-cut answers. The result of this approach to him produces a darker, more complex, and possibly slightly disturbing image, but also a more human and solid one. I hope that my efforts to present this portrait of Burton succeed in deepening the understanding and appreciation of this visionary filmmaker. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Yes, the guy makes a good case for looking at Burton through his films, but this is hardly an original suggestion, and his analysis is so basic (little more than extended synopses) that you come out with little idea where the argument, if there was any, actually lay.
This is certainly not a biography (the information is just a long-winded version of the stuff you get in all the movie magazines whenever a new film comes out (born in Burbank, worked at Disney, made some films etc.), and actually doesn't include some biographical information that I've read elsewhere (probably Premier or Empire or somewhere). The research-levels seem impressive at first, until a bit of checking reveals just how many articles he's missed out.
Equally, his vain attempts to work out just what went on with the aborted Superman project reveals a deep level of ignorance, and tells the story entirely from Burton's (presumed) perspective. Everyone knows Burton came out of this unhappy, and everyone knows he and Kevin Smith have had a few public spats, but here Hanke basically just fobs this off with the explanation :"Kevin Smith is a childish, untalented fool with little or no writing ability and no knowledge of comics.Read more ›