Tim Burton's Auteur Theory

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During the 1940’s, the idea of the auteur theory arose. It was crafted by Andre Bazin, who was a French film critic, and Roger Leenhardt, a filmmaker. They stated that a film should represent the directors vision. Another French film critic, Alexandre Astruc, enhanced the auteur theory by expressing that directors with their camera should be like writers with their pen. This would make a director’s films all have the same type of aspects. Once a director makes a number of films, a certain “finger print” can be seen throughout his creations.
In 1962, an American film critic, Andrew Sarris, wrote the “notes on the auteur theory.” He stated that the “first premise of the auteur theory is the technical competence of a director as a criterion of
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The camera angles, in which the scenes are shot in, are very similar in both of these films. For Tim Burton close up camera angles are very common. In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the camera angle when Willie Wonka is having a flash back are very tight on his face (1:15:09-1:14:25). This is also seen with the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland (1:17:43-1:17:33). Another type of camera angle that is associated with Tim Burton is the dutch angle. This angle involves creating a sense of tension. In Alice in Wonderland this can be seen when the Mad Hatter is at the tea table (1:17:29-1:17:21). This is also very prominent in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when each of the kids receives their consequence for not following the rules. One noticeable example of this is when Veruca gets attacked by the squirrels (39:53-38:10). When she is begin dragged, the camera angle is tilted to make the scene more dramatic. Another camera angle that is seen in many Tim Burton films is a wide angle shot. Burton does this in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when the kids first see the edible room with the chocolate stream (1:13:59-1:13:48). In Alice in Wonderland, this type of camera angle can be seen when Alice gets to wonderland and is looking around (1:30:29-1:29:48). Tim Burton uses this type of angle to show how big his production in the movies are. Both Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland are both…show more content…
In both Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland the underlying meaning can come from the character’s curiosity. In Alice in Wonderland, the whole premise of the movie is based on Alice’s curiosity as a person. This is what leads her down the rabbit whole (1:35:53-1:35:04). In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie’s curiosity about Willie Wonka and this Factory is what leads him to buying the chocolate bar (1:26:16-1:25:47). The curiosity of both characters eventually leads them so something great. One theme that is portrayed in both of these movies is that if one is curious about the world they will find something that they love. Another meaning that is in the interior of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is that the prize in life comes from hard work and sacrifice. Charlie wins the prize from Willie Wonka because Willie sees that Charlie is a hard worker and honest. Charlie gets his hard working personality from his parents and understands hard work because of his poor economic circumstances. The most noticeable interior meaning that is shown in all of Burtons movies, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland, is that the outcast in the beginning of the film ends up being the hero by the end of the film. In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie becomes the hero by being able to take over the factory for Willie Wonka. In Alice in Wonderland, Alice is

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