1990 - film release
1999 - looking back
Video: Tim Burton and Johnny Depp discuss Edward Scissorhands (duration 7:28)
2018 - a career in film
Video: Tim Burton - a life in pictures (duration 25:56)
Release date: 14 December 1990
Director: Tim Burton
Budget: $20 million (USD)
Box office: $86 million (USD)
Running time: 105 minutes
Tagline: 'The story of an uncommonly gentle man.'
In a castle high on top of a hill, lives an inventor's greatest creation - Edward, a near-complete person.
Dying before he could finish, the inventor leaves Edward with metal scissors for hands. Since then, Edward has lived alone, until a kind lady called Peg discovers him and welcomes him into her home. At first, everyone welcomes him into the community, but soon things begin to take a change for the worse. (Source - IMDB)
Edward Scissorhands contrasts two settings. The film explores what happens when these two worlds meet.
Article - Appearances are not everything - Edward Scissorhands and 'visual irony'
|Johnny Depp||Edward Scissorhands|
|Winona Ryder||Kim Boggs|
|Dianne Wiest||Peg Boggs|
|Anthony Michael Hall||Jim Boggs|
|Vincent Price||The Inventor|
|Robert Oliveri||Kevin Boggs|
|Dick Anthony Williams||Officer Allen|
For the full cast, view the credit list (IMDB.com)
Tim Burton wages a valiant battle to show us new and wonderful things...
Edward Scissorhands isn’t perfect. It’s something better: pure magic.
Americans are not very good at irony...
And he's so handy around the garden...
Edward’s appearance makes it impossible for him to modestly blend in.
At one point, he wears a baseball cap and button-down shirt to disguise his looks in order to assist in a neighbourhood heist. It only serves to make his otherness stick out even more. Edward is, simply put, strange. Kim’s jock ex-boyfriend Jim even pleads,“He isn’t even human!” when she refuses to terminate their friendship. Everyone can relate mentally to that alienation.
The secret history of Edward Scissorhands - Trey Taylor (2014)
Trample down the perversion of nature! (Esmeralda)
But if you had regular hands you'd be like everyone else (audience member)
Ever since Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, we have been fascinated with what makes someone truly human. Without hands, Edward seems sub-human. Yet he is sometimes more human than the characters he meets.
Gothic fiction tells us the truth about our divided nature - Guardian article
Question to ponder: Who is more creative in the film? Who is more destructive?
Video: Award-winning music composer Guy Gross talks about how he works with the director, producer, editor and sound designer on a film project (duration 3:14)
Video: Understanding Mise en scène (duration 4:58)
Video: Discover the 11 most used shots (duration 2:26)
|things associated with America, especially the United States|
|a conversation between two or more people in a book, play, or film|
|music or dialogue that is part of the action and can be heard by the characters|
|where the camera follows backwards, forwards or moves alongside the thing being recorded|
|a scene set in a time earlier than the main story|
|belonging to the Dark Ages; portentously gloomy or horrifying|
|Juxtapose||place close together for contrasting effect|
|occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold|
Mise en scène
|the arrangement of the scenery, props, etc. on the stage of a theatrical production or on the set of a film|
|a sound having a source outside the story, and not heard by the characters|
|a quality that evokes pity or sadness|
|an illusion created for films and television by props, camerawork, computer graphics, etc.|
|an outlying district of a city, especially a residential one|
|a film sequence photographed continuously by one camera|
|a situation that is undefined, intermediate, or mysterious e.g. ‘It is a place so strange that even scientists refer to it as the twilight zone.’|