The Amazing World of Tim Burton, film retrospective

Milan – From 13 January to 5 February 2023 at the Cineteca Milano Mic (via Fulvio Testi 121) the film festival is held The Amazing World of Tim Burtona tribute to the dense filmography of the American director Tim Burton, to discover his poetics and his profound and personal cinematographic journey, also taking inspiration from the fact that the father of outsiders has also just made its debut in the world of TV series with Wednesdayspin off on the teenager more weird of the American imagination, the little girl who always wears black and loves funerals.

Milan – An intriguing journey that winds through the great titles that dot Burton’s careercapable of skilfully juggling very different projects: from comics Batmanto the dark musical Sweeney Toddpassing through the imaginative The Chocolate Factory and the masterpiece Big Fishup to the most recent Miss Peregrine: Home for Peculiar Children.

Milan – Below the full program of the review (tickets: full price 7.50 euros; reduced prices with Cinetessera 6 euros); more information on e-mail.

Friday 13 January

  • 5.30 pm: Batman (Tim Burton, based on the DC Comics character of the same name, Usa, 1989, 126′, with Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson). The Dark Knight of Gotham City fights crime and collides against his most fearsome enemy, the Joker. First film on the legendary Batman produced by Warner Bros., winner of the Academy Award for best art direction.

Saturday 14 January

  • 3.30 pm: Beetlejuice – Piggy Sprite (Tim Burton, Usa, 1988, 92′, with Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder; original version with Italian subtitles). After dying in an accident, a couple try to get rid of the buyers of their house by invoking the bizarre spirit Betelgeuse. Oscar for best makeup.
  • 5.30 pm: Corpse Bride – The Corpse Bride (Tim Burton, Usa/Uk, 2005, 77′, animation, with the voices of Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp; original version with Italian subtitles). An awkward pianist awakens the corpse of a bride by mistake, convinced that the man should marry her. First stop motion film directed by Tim Burton, presented in competition at the 62nd Venice International Film Festival and nominated for the Academy Award for best animated film.

Sunday January 15th

  • 3.30 pm: The Chocolate Factory (Tim Burton, based on the homonymous novel by Roald Dahl, Usa/UK, 2005, 115′, with Johnny Depp and Freddie Highmore). Charlie is one of five lucky children who have found a golden ticket to visit the largest chocolate factory in the world, owned by the eccentric Willy Wonka. Second film adaptation of the novel by Roald Dahl, nominated for the Academy Award for best costumes.
  • 5.45 pm: Big Fish – Stories from an Incredible Life (Tim Burton, based on the homonymous novel by Daniel Wallace, Usa, 2003, 125′, with Ewan McGregor and Jessica Lange; original version with Italian subtitles). Ill with terminal cancer, Edward Bloom retraces his fantastic and exuberant life, managing to reconnect with his son. Academy Award Nominated Score by Danny Elfman.

Saturday 21 January

  • 3.00 pm: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Miss Peregrine: the home of special children (Tim Burton, based on the novel Children’s Home Miss Peregrine specials by Ransom Riggs, Usa/UK/Belgium/Canada, 2016, 127′, with Eva Green and Asa Butterfield; original version with Italian subtitles). A boy named Jake discovers a house full of supernaturally powered children run by Miss Peregrine. He will soon have to help them protect their home from terrifying enemies, called Vacui.

Sunday 22 January

  • 3.15 pm: Dumbo (Tim Burton, based on the illustrated novella Dumbo, the Flying Elephant by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl, Usa/UK/Canada/Australia, 2019, 112′, with Colin Farrell and Michael Keaton). Holt, a circus performer, is assigned to care for an elephant with oversized ears, Dumbo. But when it turns out that Dumbo can fly, some evil men try to take advantage of it. Live-action remake of the 1941 Disney animated film Dumbo.
  • 5.45 pm: Edward Scissorhands – Edward Scissorhands (Tim Burton, Usa, 1990, HD, 105′, with Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder; original version with Italian subtitles). Edward, a boy who has scissors for hands but a kind heart, is welcomed into a charming American town. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Makeup, it is one of Tim Burton’s most famous films, accompanied by the unforgettable soundtrack by Danny Elfman.

Friday 27 January

  • 5.45 pm: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – Sweeney Todd: the diabolical barber of Fleet Street (Tim Burton, adaptation of the musical theater of the same name by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler, Usa/UK, 2007, 116′, with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter; original version with Italian subtitles). The sinister story of Benjamin Barker, alias Sweeney Todd, manager of a barber shop in London, and his relationship with his flatmate Mrs. Lovett. Academy Award for Best Art Direction.

Saturday 28 January

  • 3.30 pm: Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (Tim Burton, Usa, 1985, 91′, with Paul Reubens and Mark Holton). When his beloved bicycle is stolen, eccentric Pee-Wee Herman embarks on a series of cross-country adventures to recover it. Directorial debut of a feature film for Tim Burton, whose stylistic code is already evident in the bizarre setting of the film.
  • 5.30 pm: Mars Attacks! (Tim Burton, Usa, 1996, 106′, with Jack Nicholson and Glenn Close). The earth is overrun by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor. Black comedy homage to sci-fi B-movies starring a first-rate cast.

Sunday 29 January

  • 3.30 pm: Alice in Wonderland (Tim Burton, based on the Lewis Carroll novel of the same name, Usa, 2010, 108′, with Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp; original version with Italian subtitles). Now 19, Alice returns to Wonderland and joins her old friends to fulfill her destined mission: to destroy the Queen of Hearts’ reign of terror. Two Academy Awards: best scenography and best costumes.
  • 5.30 pm: Big Eyes (Tim Burton, Usa, 2014, 106′, with Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz; original version with Italian subtitles). The revival of painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s. Golden Globe for Amy Adams for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy.

Friday 3 February

  • 3.30 pm: Dark Shadows (Tim Burton, USA/UK/Australia, 2012, 113′, with Johnny Depp and Eva Green). Barnabas Collins, a vampire imprisoned for many years, is accidentally released from his grave and returns to his former mansion, now inhabited by his descendants.
  • 5.45 pm: The Mystery of Sleepy Hollow (Tim Burton, based on the short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, Usa, 1999, 105′, with Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci). A series of murders terrorizes the village of Sleepy Hollow: a new police officer will have to find the feared culprit. Academy Award for Best Art Direction.

Saturday 4th February

  • 3.15 pm: Dumbo (reply)

Sunday February 5th

  • 3.30 pm: Frankenweenie (Tim Burton, based on Tim Burton’s 1984 short film of the same name and inspired by the novel Frankenstein by Mary Sheeley, Usa, 2012, 86′, animation, with the voices of Winona Ryder and Catherine O’Hara; original version with Italian subtitles). When his beloved dog suddenly dies, a boy attempts to bring his four-legged friend back to life through a powerful scientific experiment. Academy Award Nominee for Best Animated Feature.
  • 5.30 pm: Ed Wood (Tim Burton, Usa, 1994, 127′, with Johnny Depp, Bill Murray and Martin Landau; original version with Italian subtitles). The almost true story of Ed Wood, an eccentric and bewildered director unanimously considered to be the worst in the entire history of cinema. Presented in competition at the 48th Cannes Film Festival, the film won two Academy Awards: best supporting actor (Martin Landau) and best makeup.

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