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The Films of Tim Burton: Animating Live Action in Contemporary Hollywood by [McMahan, Alison]
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Length: 277 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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Most Tim Burton films are huge box-office successes, and several are already classics. The director's mysterious and eccentric public persona attracts a lot of attention, while the films themselves have been somewhat overlooked. Here, Alison McMahan redresses this imbalance through a close analysis of Burton's key films () and their industrial context. She argues that Burton has been a crucial figure behind many of the transformations taking place in horror, fantasy, and sci-fi films over the last two decades, and demonstrates how his own work draws on a huge range of artistic influences: the films of George Melies, surrealism, installation art, computer games, and many more.

The Films of Tim Burton is the most in-depth analysis so far of the work of this unusual filmmaker - a director who has shown repeatedly that it is possible to reject mainstream Hollywood contentions while maintaining critical popularrity and commercial success.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2384 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (21 August 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and hurried 30 August 2006
By Last Bastion - Published on
This is a rather peculiar and disappointing book that reads as if it was written in a hurry. There are points where the text breaks down into short, disjointed and purely descriptive sentences that - given that this is supposedly an academic book - really makes one wonder what point the author is trying to make. Whilst the basic information is all good, there were a few inaccuracies, such as in the chapter on Danny Elfman - the score of is Batman is NOT at the University of Texas in Austin, and the source she cites for the information is simply misquoted. Overall, in terms of Burton and his films, this doesn't offer anything obviously new, and parts of the book read like a precise of other authors rather than her own arguments. Her single unique selling point is looking at Burton's film making in the context of Alfred Jarry's pataphysics and the idea of surrealism (Jarry was one of the late 19th/ early 20th century figures who inspired surrealism). Nothing wrong with this - "surreal" is a commonly used adjective when discussing Burton's work - but overall the book comes across as rushed and flimsy. There's a good book in here struggling to get out, but it needed a good hard edit before being published.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Displeased with the book as well as the price! 13 January 2008
By Jessica Molina - Published on
I very much agree with the other reader as this book being rushed. In reading just the first page I realized that it was information pulled from other author's who seemed to have done a bit more homework. I was very surprised about the price, especially after reading!! I only bought it because I was e-mailed a coupon! Very glad I did not pay list. If anyone wants information on Tim Burton's work I would very much suggest you buy any of the other title's B&N has to offer for a much lower price. I feel the other reader here who was nice enough to give examples really hit it on the nail, so all I need to do here is agree so that hopefully it will scare the avid Burton fans from purchasing. Jessica--Burbank, CA

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