Tim Burton’s new biopic “Big Eyes” about Margaret Keane, the woman who painted those big eyed waifs that everyone’s great aunt had hung on the walls of their paneled rec rooms, is a story of fraud, power, lies, obsession and finally freedom.
Amy Adams plays Margaret Keane who is escaping a marriage and drives with her daughter played by Delaney Raye to San Francisco where she gets a job painting decorations on baby cribs. Margaret has pulled from her subconscious those iconic images of children with the big eyes and attracts the attention of Walter Keane who is a master showman, entrepreneur and turns Margret’s big eyed paintings into a sensation. Along the way he takes credit for the paintings and exerts extraordinary power over Margaret which is the true story of the film.
The paintings of those big eyed children have an unusual place in the psyche of 1960s America. Art? maybe not, but everyone knew them immediately and it was a crime that the woman whose imagination produced these images did not get the proper credit for most of the time they were so popular in American culture.
Look for a couple of Oscar nominees for Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes.”
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