With the opening of Tim Burton the Exhibition at ACMI on June 24, you might want to do a bit of preparatory reading about this most extraordinary film director, credited with reinventing “Hollywood genre filmmaking as an expression of personal vision”, through films such as Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985), Beetlejuice (1988), Batman (1989), Edward Scissorhands (1990) and Sleepy Hollow (1999).

In the Arts Reading Room you can find a selection of titles that will help you to explore the work of this true original who manages to prosper in the very heart of the industrial film-making machine of modern Hollywood. Just check the catalogue to find all of our Tim Burton material.

Tim Burton by Ronald Magliozzi and Jenny He

This is the catalogue of the original exhibition from the Museum of Modern Art in New York, curated by Ronald Magliozzi and Jenny He.

 

MoMa, 2009

MoMa, 2009

Burton on Burton

This great series of interview books from Faber and Faber spotlights some of the finest directors working in film, and this second edition of Burton on Burton takes the reader up to Corpse Bride (2005) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005).

Faber, 2006

 

 

Faber, 2006

Danny Elfman

It was through Burton’s films that another remarkable artist emerged on the scene in the person of composer Danny Elfman, and we have a number of his soundtracks in the Arts Library, including his remarkable scores for Batman, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (like Shostakovich channelling Bugs Bunny!) and Edward Scissorhands.

Varese Sarabande, 1988

Varese Sarabande, 1988

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