Directed and produced by Tim Burton, Big Eyes is based on the true story of Walter Keane, played by Christoph Waltz, who was one of the most successful painters of the 1950s and early 1960s. The artist earned staggering notoriety by revolutionizing the commercialization and accessibility of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The truth would eventually be discovered: Keane’s art was actually not created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret, played, in a much lauded performance, by Amy Adams. The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a lie that had grown to gigantic proportions. Big Eyes centres on Margaret’s awakening as an artist, the phenomenal success of her paintings, and her tumultuous relationship with her husband, who was catapulted to international fame while taking credit for her work. The stylistic flamboyance we usually associate with Tim Burton is largely absent from his relatively conventional account of the personal and legal war between the artist and her husband.
Amy Adams won the Bafta and Golden Globe for Best Actress.
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