For the past 25 years, Tim Burton (*1958) has been Hollywood's most idiosyncratic star director. His movies are modern fairy tales for adults, populated by oddballs, eccentrics and freaks of all sorts, depicting fantastic dream worlds that are at once melancholy and comical. With his faith in the compatibility of great entertainment cinema and a personal artistic vision, Burton has repeatedly proven that fairy tales don't have to be told using the patterns laid out by conventional Hollywood clichés.
All of Burton's pictures revolve around the conflict between the individual and society, nonconformity and the pressure to adapt; they deal with masquerades and split personalities, misunderstood outsiders and the escape to their own imagination. With his predominantly gloomily colored, fantastic universe, in which the outsiders mostly possess more sensitive souls than the people conforming to the norm, Burton has succeeded in introducing subversive elements into mass culture.
In February, we continue the retrospective of all of the full-length movies he has directed and show the films that Burton made from 1999 to 2010.