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Tim Burton: Entretiens Avec Mark Salisbury (Directors on Directors)

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With long-time comrade Johnny Depp (who also provides a new foreword here), this updated and fully illustrated new edition of the definitive Burton interview book casts light on Burton's Burbank childhood, his early work at Disney, the recurrent themes and stunning designs of his movies, and the creative obsessions that fuel them.
Hardcover, 301 pages
Published 2009 by Sonatine (first published 1995)
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May 09, 2015 نرگس rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rita Carla Francesca 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'
Craig Williams
Jan 23, 2010 Craig Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 12, 2011 Celise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Zahra Saedi
همان طور که از اسم کتاب پیداست، کتاب در مورد برتون است. از شرح مختصری درباره ی کودکی و نوجوانی برتون تا سال 2005 و ساخت عروس مرده. کتاب فیلم های تیم برتون و حس و حال برتون حین ساختشان و اتفاقات شخصی و حرفه ای که افتاده را بررسی کرده. برای برتون شناسی و درک دنیایش کتاب را پیشنهاد می کنم. فقط به نظرم ترجمه ی کتاب می توانست بهتر باشد.
Randi (The Artist Formerly known as 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
May 02, 2016 Sibil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really intersting book. I love Burton's movies, even if I didn't watch all of them (and I do not think I would it, too) but it was intersting to learn something about some of my favourites movies (like Nightmare before Christmas).
And I loved the drawings!
Israel Calzadilla
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.
Katherine Hislop
Feb 14, 2013 Katherine Hislop rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Fascinating insight into a modern-day legend of cinema. Funny and honest, a must-read for Burton fans everywhere.
Oct 31, 2013 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 24, 2016 Mila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I fairly enjoyed the book as in being able to access someones reflection on his carreer and pesonality. I do like a few of his films, do however not know many of his older films discussed in this book. I do not think that that made the book less enjoyable in any way, as I still found it very interesting and it actually made me want to look up and watch the films of his that I did not know before
Melinda Elizabeth
Mar 21, 2011 Melinda Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Joan Sebastián Araujo Arenas
Esta obra se lee como si se tratara de una sola gran entrevista, aunque, con sólo revisar la información sobre la edición, se pueda saber que es el conjunto de varias declaraciones de Burton a lo largo de los años.

Si bien el contexto que da sobre cada proyecto es más que suficiente ―entendiendo esta tentativa como lo que es: un compendio―, la misma seriedad y formalidad del aproximamiento por parte del editor, provoca que el posible acercamiento real al director y su pasión por el cine simplemen
Pardis Parto
Jul 26, 2013 Pardis Parto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 29, 2012 Cassandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 25, 2012 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
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
Apr 25, 2010 Uglyoldwitch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 21, 2012 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cel Kila
Aug 01, 2014 Cel Kila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bibliothèque
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
Jul 19, 2011 Issla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library, biography
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
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
Fox D'aoust
Dec 12, 2012 Fox D'aoust rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 27, 2011 Janitag rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Paige Barker
May 09, 2015 Paige Barker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nuria Algarra
Feb 18, 2014 Nuria Algarra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 25, 2009 gaby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir

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
May 31, 2013 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Megan Jones
May 17, 2012 Megan Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cultural
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
Eve Kay
Jun 11, 2015 Eve Kay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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