The Tim Burton event at La Cinémathèque française is not only a wonderful opportunity to see all of his films (including very limited-distribution short films) but also, thanks to the major exhibition designed by the New York MoMA in 2009 and shown here this spring, an opportunity to discover Burton’s talents as a draftsman, painter, video director, photographer and inventor of colorful, amazing sculptures.
To be discovered:
700 works on exhibit
Drawings, sculptures (including several original works created by Tim Burton for the exhibition), large-format Polaroids made by the artist, accessories, models, costumes and film excerpts (unreleased long and short features).
Eccentricities and visual reveries
The exhibition shows original works that are conscious mixtures of pop, Goth and surrealism – a creative hybridization claimed by the artist, who enjoys mixing and subverting genres. Some are from his youth and are pure visual reveries imagined for projects that remained in the planning stage. It is a place where the filmmaker’s intimate work (sketchbooks, amateur films) is shown next to legendary cinema productions, such as Edward Scissorhands or Sleepy Hollow, whose hidden side is revealed here for the first time.
“I love these characters, their duels, the fact that they are haunted by darkness and a desire for light.” TIM BURTON
Burton likes the intermediate zone. Twilight. Somewhere between the indie move and the blockbuster.
“Films knock at the door of our dreams and our subconscious. Although this reality varies depending on the generation, films have a therapeutic impact – just like fairy tales used to have.” TIM BURTON
==> USEFUL INFORMATION
La Cinémathèque française
51 rue de Bercy -75012 PARIS
==> OPENING HOURS
Mondays and Wednesday to Friday
from 12 noon to 7 pm
Weekends, holidays and school vacations (14 to 29 April and 4 July to 5 August): 10 am – 8 pm
Open on Thursday evenings until 10 pm; closed on Tuesdays and on May 1rst.
Normal rate: €11
Reduced rate: €8.50
Under 18: €5.50
Exhibition + museum: €13
Family Special (2 adults + 2 children): €30.50, sold only on fnac.com and at FNAC stores
Guided tour on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 am: €12