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This is the first full-length biography of the visionary Hollywood filmmaker Tim Burton, director of Batman, Batman Returns, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Peewee's Big Adventure, Tim Burton's The Nightmare before Christmas, Ed Wood, Mars Attacks!, and Sleepy Hollow. More than an examination of his body of work, this book takes an in-depth look at Tim Burton's personal This is the first full-length biography of the visionary Hollywood filmmaker Tim Burton, director of Batman, Batman Returns, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Peewee's Big Adventure, Tim Burton's The Nightmare before Christmas, Ed Wood, Mars Attacks!, and Sleepy Hollow. More than an examination of his body of work, this book takes an in-depth look at Tim Burton's personal life, which until now the reclusive director has managed to keep under wraps. Author Ken Hanke examines the frail, wild-haired fellow whose unique, introverted feature films are passionately admired by many and dismissed by others. How does he command the respect of so many big names in a creative industry not much known for good judgment? How has he managed to carve out an impossibly personal and quirky body of work within the confines of the most mainstream venues of establishment Hollywood? You'll learn about: * Tim Burton's unhappy childhood; to this day he has no relationship with his family * the real reason why Tim Burton left Disney after Ed Wood * his collaborations with talent such as Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price (his idol), and Danny Elfman * the autobiographical elements in Edward Scissorhands * Tim Burton's often disastrous involvement with other people's projects * the ramifications of excessive power-- the Batman Returns debacle * the collapse of the Superman Reborn project


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This is the first full-length biography of the visionary Hollywood filmmaker Tim Burton, director of Batman, Batman Returns, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Peewee's Big Adventure, Tim Burton's The Nightmare before Christmas, Ed Wood, Mars Attacks!, and Sleepy Hollow. More than an examination of his body of work, this book takes an in-depth look at Tim Burton's personal This is the first full-length biography of the visionary Hollywood filmmaker Tim Burton, director of Batman, Batman Returns, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Peewee's Big Adventure, Tim Burton's The Nightmare before Christmas, Ed Wood, Mars Attacks!, and Sleepy Hollow. More than an examination of his body of work, this book takes an in-depth look at Tim Burton's personal life, which until now the reclusive director has managed to keep under wraps. Author Ken Hanke examines the frail, wild-haired fellow whose unique, introverted feature films are passionately admired by many and dismissed by others. How does he command the respect of so many big names in a creative industry not much known for good judgment? How has he managed to carve out an impossibly personal and quirky body of work within the confines of the most mainstream venues of establishment Hollywood? You'll learn about: * Tim Burton's unhappy childhood; to this day he has no relationship with his family * the real reason why Tim Burton left Disney after Ed Wood * his collaborations with talent such as Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price (his idol), and Danny Elfman * the autobiographical elements in Edward Scissorhands * Tim Burton's often disastrous involvement with other people's projects * the ramifications of excessive power-- the Batman Returns debacle * the collapse of the Superman Reborn project

30 review for Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker

  1. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    It was neat to learn more about a filmmaker whise work I generally like. Covers up to Mars Attacks and mentions Sleepy Hollow beginnings.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shiloh

    I gave this book 2 outta 5 stars. First off I’ll start off by saying I have always been a huge Burton fan ever since I was a child. Because of my obsession with Burton started so soon I pretty much know everything there is to know about the man. That being said I found this book at a local antique store for a dollar and scooped it up. Now when I started reading it I knew off the bat that this book would do nothing for me. The author has a weird way of writing a biography I found. In one sentence I gave this book 2 outta 5 stars. First off I’ll start off by saying I have always been a huge Burton fan ever since I was a child. Because of my obsession with Burton started so soon I pretty much know everything there is to know about the man. That being said I found this book at a local antique store for a dollar and scooped it up. Now when I started reading it I knew off the bat that this book would do nothing for me. The author has a weird way of writing a biography I found. In one sentence he is idolizing Burton and in the next he is saying how much personality Burton lacks. This flip flop style of writing really took me off of the book to begin with. However I pushed on and read more and another thing I found sloppy was the organization of the book. I found in one chapter the author would be discussing one subject and then to a next chapter only to return the the other subject two chapters after. Also the author throws in his “logic” and will say a fact that might not be true. Example, When the subject of Danny Elfman came about the author says how Burton has stated he liked Elfmans band prior to working with him, it is then the author goes on the say that the truth behind that may be small. In my personal opinion when writing a biography you should not put words into the subject's mouth. Even know though I didn’t enjoy the way the book was written or how the author went about writing it the facts in the book are true. The information in this book is correct and does give the reader insight on Burton himself. However I feel like you could learn just as much, if not more from watching interviews on Burton or simply by googling him. None the less my love for Burton will remain and I will keep the book for my Burton Collection.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    Decent biography. It gave good facts surrounding the production of several of his movies. I really could have done without the scene by scene summary of each movie. I have seen nearly every single one of his movies, and maybe it's just me, but I think it would be inherent that someone who is going to read a biography on a filmmaker, has seen some of their work. Those parts really dragged, and I begin skimming over them. Decent biography. It gave good facts surrounding the production of several of his movies. I really could have done without the scene by scene summary of each movie. I have seen nearly every single one of his movies, and maybe it's just me, but I think it would be inherent that someone who is going to read a biography on a filmmaker, has seen some of their work. Those parts really dragged, and I begin skimming over them.

  4. 4 out of 5

    C

    Tim Burton is one of my favorite directors. Almost all of my earlier favorite movies were made by him. Of course I had to read his biography. Great stuff! I loved reading about all these little things in his movies (most of which would be in my 'top favorite movies' list -- Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Batman...) Tim Burton IS a genius! Tim Burton is one of my favorite directors. Almost all of my earlier favorite movies were made by him. Of course I had to read his biography. Great stuff! I loved reading about all these little things in his movies (most of which would be in my 'top favorite movies' list -- Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Batman...) Tim Burton IS a genius!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    I was really excited to read this... I LOVE Tim Burton! But, I am going to have to find it in large print or use some sort of magnifying glass... the text is super teeny tiny and my eyes were killing me when I tried to read it. Bummer.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    pretty good overview of the man and his films a little biography and some dime store psychology. unfortunately the book only covers his career up to Mars Attacks but it is a good read even for just a casual tim burton film fan

  7. 5 out of 5

    Allie

    Ken Hanke unnecessarily gives a play by play of each film. Then, he overanalyzes the characters, making an attempt to fit Tim Burton into each movie. For any Tim Burton fan, this book was a wasted read. Burton on Burton was far better.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kalloghan

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bruce

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rob

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lorena Medius

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

  16. 5 out of 5

    Emma

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ramon Valdez

  18. 4 out of 5

    Will Raskopf

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Smith

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gregory

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    Tanya Pineda

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chris

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shannon McAfee

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    Jacob Robinson

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ashly

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michael Martin

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sam

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