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Burton on Burton (Directors on Directors)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  1,305 ratings  ·  80 reviews
With the Batman films, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Ed Wood, Tim Burton has established himself as one of cinema's great visionaries. Formerly an animator with Walt Disney, Burton's ascent through the studio system to his current position as one of Hollywood's most successful directors has been swift. But while his movies are box-of ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published March 7th 1995 by Faber & Faber (first published 1995)
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Craig Williams
I randomly found this book at work, thumbed through it, and decided, what the hell, why not give it a read? I was also further encouraged by the excellent foreword written by Johnny Depp. If this foreword is any indication, Johnny Depp would be able to write one hell of an interesting (and hilarious) book.

Anyway, this book just goes over Burton's career, from his humble beginnings as a grunt for Disney's animation studio, to the release of Sleepy Hollow. The format is like a book length Q and A
Rita Monticelli
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Tim nel paese delle meraviglie

Dire che Tim Burton è un genio visionario del cinema si avvicina sicuramente alla verità, ma se si vuole avere un'idea di tutto ciò che si cela dietro il lavoro di questo regista/autore/disegnatore, il libro "Burton racconta Burton" è senza dubbio una buona base di partenza.
Ho amato questo regista dalla fine degli anni '80, esattamente dall'89, quando uscì "Batman", film che ha permesso anche a noi, che stiamo da questa parte dell'
Fascinating. If you are a dedicated Tim Burton fan, this book is incredible. Even if you just like him, it is great. Written by the man himself, you can't get more truthful than this.

Full review when I read this in depth.
narges hasanli
من چندان طرفدار بیوگرافیها محسوب نمیشم، و وقتی این کتاب رو دیدم (با اون زیرعنوان "با مقدمه ای از جانی دپ" که مشخصا گروه هدف خاصی داره) فقط به خاطر علاقه به این کارگردان اون رو خریدم. با این حس که هیچ وقت تا آخر نمی خونمش. ولی کتاب من رو غافلگیر کرد.
متن اصلی نوشته ی خود تیم برتونه و حاشیه ی هم با حروف ایتالیک لابلای این متن گنجانده شده که نوشتهی سالینزبری هست. این دوصدایی شدن جذابیت زیادی برای من داشت و البته به فهم بهتر سیال ذهن گاهی دیوانهوار برتون هم کمک زیادی میکرد. خوندن کتاب از اول تا آخر
Guitar Chick
Tim Burton is one of my favorite people in film. I've connected with his movies deeply and hope someday I can work with this man on a film and make everybody feel the same way I did watching all of his incredible works.
Enough chit chat, I'll actually review the book now.
Contrary to the synopsis, my copy goes all the way up to the making of The Corpse Bride (2006).
I don't think this covered everything equallly. I felt there was very little on Edward Scissorhands and Corpse Bride in particular whi
Una serie di interviste che hanno come argomento l'infanzia, le prime esperienze e da allora tutti i film girati e pensati dal visionario ed eccentrico Tim Burton.
Il suo sentirsi estraneo al resto del mondo si riflette quasi sempre nei personaggi principali delle sue opere, da quelle originali ai rifacimenti, come Batman o Il pianeta delle scimmie.
Diventato un regista di culto, spiega in queste interviste cò che sta dietro alla realizzazione di Nightmare Before Christmas e altri film, il suo leg
Katherine Hislop
Fascinating insight into a modern-day legend of cinema. Funny and honest, a must-read for Burton fans everywhere.
I am a big fan of Tim Burton. I love his films, and his art and style. Maybe I was expecting too much of this book, but it felt lacking to me.
If it was suppose to be a biography than it is not personal enough and only skin deep avoiding any real interesting insights.
If it was suppose to be a book about his work then it's not detailed enough. There are hardly any details about the process or technical/inventive/artistic solutions (and I know that there must have been, as Tim Burton doesn't like t
Melinda Elizabeth
quite an interesting read. It has information straight from Burton about his creative process behind each film (up to the corpse bride). I found the chapter on Edward Scissorhands and Ed Wood particularly informative (perhaps because they are my fave Burton films) however overall there was an in depth look into his work, and it was enjoyable to read.
Normalmente me ladillan las autobiografias pero esta en particular me pareció fantástica. Que esté estructurada por película la hace más interesante. Sumamente completa y bien editada. Una experiencia sumamente intíma y nutrida que no podrás soltar hasta terminar la última página.
Nuria Algarra
El libro resulta tremendamente interesante, ya que recoge las opiniones de Burton de toda su trayectoria, de manera que nos permite conocer sus momentos altos y bajos, sus relaciones con actores, productoras, con Hollywood y con el mundo del cine en general. Además, nos permite comprender más a fondo sus trabajos, gracias a las explicaciones que da sobre su niñez, su vida en general, sus referencias y como todo ello se relaciona con los temas más recurrentes de su filmografía: la soledad, la luz ...more
This was an interesting insight into the films of Tim Burton. Yet like with all directorial focus there will always be films you are more interested in hearing about. As Burton's films are very hit or miss the films I loved liked Nightmare Before Christmas and Beetlejuice were engaging sections whereas other films kept me less engaged.

I especially liked hearing about Burton's background in animation and how his early years at Disney helped shape his artistic mind-frame. Yet alot of sections and
Eve Kay
Wow, what a boring piece of work. Based on this book Burton seems to be a very onesided person. He only has a certain set of visions and ideas which he uses in all his movies. This book is overly repetitive as well, it gives the impression that Burton has the same opinion on everything, or is the problem with this book? I would have wanted to read more indepth about the practical side to making movies, how Burton felt about working with each person and how the process of making the movie went wi ...more
Davide Genco
Raccolta esaustiva di interviste puntuali al regista per ognuna delle sue produzioni. Interessante per avere una percezione di quello che Burton stesso pensa dei suoi lavori, anche se il diretto interessato più o meno ripete quasi sempre gli stessi concetti e non si sbottona mai troppo sull'origine dell'idea e la sua correlazione col vissuto personale. Lettura comunque godibile, soprattutto se come il sottoscritto si é fan del regista - per quanto mi riguarda moltissimo, al netto delle sue delud ...more
I've had this book next to my bed for several years. I pick it up. I put it down. I figured out in the past two weeks that it's a simple matter of TIMING - until now, the time hasn't been right for me to read what Mr. Burton has to share. It's May 2012, and I'm currently back reading a segment of this book each day.

I love what he has to say about creativity, about how his mind works -- and his awareness of it. Tim Burton is really good at verbalizing this awareness -- but also verbalizing the co
Based on a series of interviews between Burton and Mark Salisbury this book covers Burton's childhood and early inspirations, his time at Disney and his work since breaking out on his own to create the movies he wanted and how he wanted. Burton is candid and honest throughout and openly admits when things didn't go quite how he had hoped or expected and gave credit where credit was due. This revised edition does only come up to the making and release of Sleepy Hollow in 1999 but it doesn't lose ...more
Great book. Obviously outdated (it only covers up to Ed Wood), but it covers Burton's "golden age" in my opinion.

Burton is very straightforward and gives some interesting insights. He seems like a relatively normal person who just happens to like monster movies. He also is genuinely humble, and seems like he downplays these genius films he's gotten all this acclaim for.

I just finished a book on Stanley Kubrick, and much of his interviews were him addressing critics' comments on his movies. He g
Das Buch besteht aus einer Sammlung von Interviews, die im Laufe von zwanzig Jahren, der Herausgeber Mark Salisbury mit dem Kult-Regisseur Tim Burton geführt hat. Die Interviews gewähren dem Leser einen tiefen Einblick in die Entstehung der Filme, die in diesem Zeitraum entstanden sind. Von ‚Vincent‘ bis zu ‚Alice im Wunderland‘ hat der Leser Anteil an der Kreativität und dem Schaffen von Tim Burton. Es gibt aber auch Einblicke in die Seelenwelt und in die Kindheit des Regisseurs.

Die beiden Vor
Pardis Parto
حتا آنان که با نام تیم برتون آشنا نیستند، بیتردید با دیدن فیلمهایی همچون ادوارد دست قیچی، عروس مرده یا اسلیپی هالوٰ مسحور نبوغ او در به تصویر کشیدن زندگی از دیدگاهی کاملاً شخصی و منحصر به فرد شدهاند؛ دیدگاهی که بسیاری آن را تاریک میدانند ولی خود او در این باره میگوید:< فقط به این مربوط میشود که آدمها چه چیزی را وحشتناک و چه چیزی را غیروحشتناک بدانند. یادم هست که در بازگشت بتمن درصدی مساوی از مردم اعتقاد داشتند که این فیلم از اولی تاریک تر یا روشن تر است. فکر کردم این خیلی عجیب است. این روشن م ...more
Cel Kila
Génial ! Quel bonheur ce livre, qui nous permet de découvrir ou re-découvrir Burton sous un angle différent.

Burton fait, avec Marc Salisbury, une rétrospective sur ces films depuis le début de sa carrière. De "L'étrange Noël de Mr Jack" à "Sweeney Todd" en passant par "Batman", Burton nous explique tout. Comment les différents projets se sont mis en place, comment il s'est senti sur tel ou tel tournage, pourquoi... Etc.
Il va jusqu'à nous parler de sa relation avec ses parents, qui a affecté to
Lo primero que hago al ver un libro es leer la contraportada y este me cautivo con la gran frase de Johnny Depp que dice así: "Nunca he visto a nadie tan inadaptado adaptarse tan bien. A su manera". A mi que me encanta el cine y sigo a este gran director desde bien pequeña así que no dude en leérmelo. El libro esta formado por un conjunto de capítulos titulados con los nombres de las películas que se van a tratar. Por lo tanto, se va desde la infancia de Burton, sus inicios en el cine hasta la ú ...more
Such a lovely read.

A wonderful adventure through Burton's messy little head. His thoughts on the Hollywood business in general were interesting and I was glad to hear more about the times he spend with Disney. The sketches were a wonderful add since I've always loved his artwork. There was something fascinating on every page and I loved it!

Like many others, I've always felt connected to his films and probably always will. It's the thing about growing up feeling like an outcast and finding joy in
Fox D'aoust
I picked up this book for two reasons. 1.) I love Tim Burton. 2.) I had the opportunity to have it signed.
This book gives an in depth look at the life and works of Tim Burton. This book discusses projects like "The nightmare before christmas", "Big Fish" and "Corpse Bride". How Tim Burton felt when making these movies as wella s casting.
The foreword by Johnny Depp gives this book a personal touch. Johnny Depp is a close friend and also the leading man in most of Burton's films and thus it allow

A quick, fun read. It's a collection of interviews from burton's best and most prolific period (80s and 90s). An interesting window into the mind of a true artist at the top of his game. The thing that stands out most about him is the thing that stood out most when I read Brian Eno's memoir/diary -- the depths to which these men are DOERS -- they are workhorses, with real discipline and focus. Burton may be an artist, but he's also a worker, nearly a slave to execution. A good reminder that th
Paige Barker
This is one of my favourite reads ever, I am a big Tim Burton fan so to have the pleasure of reading about him and his past was a opportunity I couldn't turn down. I loved to see where he come from and the story of each film he created, is life is far from boring and he really puts everything into perspective. I love that I could relate to him in the terms of being a weirdo and outcast but he explains it all and makes you value this in some ways. The book is created in an interview so you get a ...more
This is an excellent book for someone with my view on Burton (that he started off amazing, but in the latter part of his career he got too confident and surrounded by too many yes men). It captures his ambitious period (pee wee to mars attacks). Talks about his frustrations and fears of franchise movies. and then delves into his downward slope. Early insights into the making of batman/batman returns are particularly awesome, the nightmare of trying to make planet of the apes, and the last chapte ...more
I love everything Tim Burton and this was an interesting read to get his insights on his various movies. The two intros by Johnny Depp were extremely well written.
Megan Jones
Absolutely fantastic book for anyone interested in Tim Burton's mind! After reading "Spellbound" about Hitchcock written by a biographer, it was great to actually get Burton's perspective from the man himself as well as from Johnny Depp and Mark Salisbury providing a very well rounded perspective. Although it did end abruptly and was written before his more recent work, it definitely gives great inside into his creative mind - wow! It also includes great sketches from Burton to better understand ...more
I have a huge amount of admiration for this man. Great book.
I was given this book back in high school, when I was obsessed with Tim Burton. That obsession has since waned, but I still very much enjoyed reading this because it was less a play-by-play of Burton's life and growth, but focused more on his filmography, on the experiences working on particular films and his own perspectives behind characters and stories. That was a unique perspective, especially for things like Sleepy Hollow and Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, movies which I never totally ...more
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Timothy "Tim" William Burton is a prolific American film director/writer, best known for the dark imagry and quirky nature of his popular films. He is also the author and illustrator of the poetry collection "The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories."
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