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Tim Burton is one of the rare directors who make intensely personal films within the Hollywood system. He'll essay a commercially minded blockbuster like the Planet of the Apes remake, then follow it with the heartfelt Big Fish. Hints at how he manages to turn the system to his own ends crop up in the 15 interviews here, drawn from mainstream magazines, fantasy-film journals, and other sources, and spanning Burton's career from Beetlejuice to the soon-to-be-released remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Burton is an instinctual filmmaker primarily concerned with a film's visual elements, and it seems natural to assume that he would express himself more through his work than in interviews. While he isn't the most erudite of subjects, he reveals a great deal about the impulses behind his movies, especially their roots in his childhood. Filmmaking is often difficult for him, but his joy in collaboration and his love of the medium see him through; and his quirky humor and idiosyncrasies add to the enjoyment of reading these pieces. Gordon Flagg
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Offers interviews over the course of twenty years, and from a broad range of publications from science fiction fanzines to acclaimed cinema journals --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Conversations with Filmmakers (Paperback)
  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (April 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578067596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578067596
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love Tim Burton, and have been an avid fan for many, many years. I bought this book because I was really interested in his perspective on different films, basically to see inside that crazy, genius, unhinged, different and brilliant mind.

I enjoyed reading some of the interviews; however, maybe I overestimated what I was buying. It's basically a collection of different interviews ending with "Sleepy Hollow", with one lone interview from "Big Fish" tacked on the end. Although interesting, it's extremely outdated and probably not so relevant if you also like his newer films.

If you are a general Tim Burton fan, I would probably recommend Burton on Burton, 2nd Revised Edition, as this is a good flowing biography of him, with quotes, photos and quirky comments included. It was much more enjoyable for me, as I also love Helena Bonham Carter, and she didn't even feature in "Tim Burton Interviews"! Plus this really ends much earlier; I think the "Big Fish" interview almost doesn't fit in because it's kinda just stuck on the end. No Corpse Bride, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd, etc...

However, it was okay and I enjoyed some of his commentary and knowing the genious behind some of his films and how he approached filming them; the interviewers were pretty good and they're from a variety of different sources (including Playboy). It just wasn't exactly what I was looking for.
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Let's start by saying this. If you are a Tim Burton fan, this is a MUST READ. There are several things that are very appealing to me about this book. In a nut shell, it's simplicity. First, it is a collection of interviews (unedited) and in the chronological order in which they were published. This means for all of us fans who couldn't afford the time or money to collect now out of date magazines, they are summed up here nicely. At times, the nature of this book causes Burton, by no fault of his own, to repeat the same answers to the same questions on more than one occasion. However, this is minimal when compared with the insight to some of the obviously spontaneous answers by Burton. Some answers leave you more confused then the when the question began, but it is an amazing look into the inner-sanctum of this truly gifted man. Another interesting point, is that as the reader, you already know what the outcome each of Burton's films has, so by reading these as current interviews, one can juxtapose this against the actual success or relatively small reception of any given film. Burton expresses feelings on his fears, apprehensions, childhood, therapy, love life, death of Anton Furst, studio system, communication, success etc. He always comes across as extremely intelligent, albeit not well spoken in the traditional sense, and as a constant mystery. This seems to be the way he prefers to be perceived, and to perceive others as well. A particular interview with David Breskin entitled simply "Tim Burton" is well worth the purchase of this book alone. Breskin and Burton seem to volley back analogies, metaphors and intelligence like Asian ping-pong champions. It would be nice if the editors could revise this to a more current edition and include interviews from "Big Fish" (2003) to present.Read more ›
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While the interviews are really interesting and personal, I was surpriced that this director's most personal work, Edward Scissorhands, got a single, (admittedly great) space on this book.
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