<i>Pee-wee's Big Adventure.</i> 1985. USA. Directed by Tim Burton

Pee-wee’s Big Adventure

Saturday, March 27, 2010, 2:00 p.m.

Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

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Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. 1985. USA. Directed by Tim Burton. Screenplay by Phil Hartman, Paul Reubens. With Reubens, Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton. Burton established himself as a director with a unique personal vision in this, his first feature, in which Pee-wee embarks on an elaborate search for his missing bicycle, a scenario that allows Burton to indulge in whimsical set pieces and extravagant sight gags. Like the elaborate Rube Goldberg–esque contraption (a familiar Burton motif) that facilitates Pee-wee’s morning routine, this simple plot unfolds in visually complex ways, such as the climactic ride through the Warner Bros. back lot—a montage of zany fun as Pee-wee and his beloved bike zoom through a beach-blanket-bingo set, the North Pole, Godzilla’s rampage, a Twisted Sister music video, and Tarzan’s jungle. 90 min.

David L. Snyder, Production Designer, will join us for a special discussion of his work on the film. Snyder launched his career with Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner, for which he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Art Direction. Since then, he has designed more than thirty feature films, including Demolition Man, Super Mario Bros., The Whole Nine Yards, Untitled, and Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.

In conjunction with the exhibition Tim Burton