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Tim Burton: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers (Paperback)) Paperback – April 29, 2005
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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
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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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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 Although interesting, it's extremely outdated and probably not so relevant if you also like his newer films.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.