Why Tim Burton Made A Film About The 'Most Quiet, Under-The-Radar Feminist You've Ever Met'

December 19, 2014 6:32 PM

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Why Tim Burton Made A Film About The 'Most Quiet, Under-The-Radar Feminist You've Ever Met'

Tim Burton's "Big Eyes" tells the story of an epic art fraud centered on "the most quiet, under-the radar feminist you've ever met." In many ways, Margaret Keane's story embodies the early women's movement. That, along with the rise of the kitsch -- and another "worst" artist to add to the list with "Ed Wood" -- is what Burton has set out to explore here. HuffPost Entertainment interviewed the director to talk about creating his lowest budget film in years (and whether he would ever re-consider making "Superman Lives").

You commissioned Margaret Keane’s work before this film was even pitched to you. What drew you to “Big Eyes” and telling her story? I felt like it was suburban art. There weren’t Matisses or Picassos hanging on people’s walls. There were Keanes. You would see them in people’s living rooms, dentists’...

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