Saturday, January 23, 2010, 2:00 p.m.
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
Edward Scissorhands. 1990. USA. Produced and directed by Tim Burton. Screenplay by Burton and Caroline Thompson. With Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, Alan Arkin, Vincent Price. Arguably Burton’s most personal film, Edward Scissorhands delves into one of his most prominent themes: disconnection from the world at large and the search for true identity. Edward, clad in a stitched-together leather body suit and left alone in a hilltop castle after his creator’s sudden death, is Burton’s most literal Frankenstein’s monster; incapable of directly touching others with his razor-sharp fingers, he is the physical manifestation of isolation. When a kind Avon lady discovers him and introduces him to suburbia, his chief channel of communication, the ability to shape things—hair, hedges, ice—into wondrous sculptures, engenders a brief welcome, but his acceptance is short-lived in this parable of teenage angst and acceptance. 105 min.
In conjunction with the exhibition Tim Burton