Picture of the Day -10

Dark Shadows directed by Tim Burton

In cinemas today !

From Warner Bros. Pictures :

“In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet-or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better…”

Tim Burton Exhibition (Paris)

I was in Paris for the weekend (hey, I did warn you I travel a lot!) and I took this as an opportunity to have a look at the Tim Burton Exhibition held at the Cinémathèque Française. This exhibition was in New York City (USA) in 2010 and now it is in Paris (France) until August 2012. If you don’t mind crowds and if you like Tim Burton’s movies and artworks, this is the exhibition to see.

Here is what the MoMA had to say about the exhibition two years ago:

“Taking inspiration from popular culture, Tim Burton (American, b. 1958) has reinvented Hollywood genre filmmaking as an expression of personal vision, garnering for himself an international audience of fans and influencing a generation of young artists working in film, video, and graphics. This exhibition explores the full range of his creative work, tracing the current of his visual imagination from early childhood drawings through his mature work in film. It brings together over seven hundred examples of rarely or never-before-seen drawings, paintings, photographs, moving image works, concept art, storyboards, puppets, maquettes, costumes, and cinematic ephemera from such films as Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Batman, Mars Attacks!, Ed Wood, and Beetlejuice, and from unrealized and little-known personal projects that reveal his talent as an artist, illustrator, photographer, and writer working in the spirit of Pop Surrealism. The gallery exhibition is accompanied by a complete retrospective of Burton’s theatrical features and shorts, as well as a lavishly illustrated publication.”

I was especially thrilled to get to see Edward Scissorhands’ costume, Sweeney Todd’s razor blades and animatronics from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

 

So, if you happen to be in Paris before the end of August this year and if you are interested in Tim Burton’s work, I would recommend to check out this exhibition!