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Produce a written study of 'Edward Scissorhands' examining how the director, Tim Burton blends different genres to create a suburban fantasy.

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Produce a written study of 'Edward Scissorhands' examining how the director, Tim Burton blends different genres to create a suburban fantasy. In the film Edward Scissorhands Tim Burton creates a suburban fantasy by explaining his interpretation of what it is like to live in a suburb. The definition of suburb is living in the outskirts of a town and having limited interests and narrow minded views. Tim Burton creates suburbia and practically makes a parody of the suburb where the family live. The women typify the definition of a suburban housewife; they stay at home, clean and cook. They are always on each others doorsteps trying to get the latest gossip and they always know what everyone is up too. Tim Burton mixes this with his imagination making it a suburban fantasy. He does this by creating Edward and the dark castle where he stays. This is just one example of the many different genres that Tim Burton uses for instance: Horror, comedy and romance. Examples of horror in the film are the castle where Edward lives, Tim Burton has made it look really old, dirty, haunted and derelict from the outside but you associate dark haunted castles with horror films. Tim Burton creates comedy by making a joke of the fact that Edwards's hands are scissors he does this when Edward pops the water bed whilst trying to get out. ...read more.

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Kim's boyfriend thinks that Edward is a freak and is amused by the fact that Edward fancies Kim. But he realises that Kim is falling for Edward he isn't to happy and tries to threaten Edward but when Edward tries to defend himself everyone comes out and it looks like Edward is attacking him so the community start to turn on Edward and he his disliked around the area. Eventually he goes back up to his home where he stays in peace and happiness. Within the main story there are other stories going on like the romance between Edward and Kim and the fact that Edward would do anything that Kim asked him to do even if it got him into trouble, which it does when he is blamed for robbing a house. Another story going on is when everyone realises that Edward has a talent in cutting hedges and hair and he tries to take out a business loan to start a salon but because he was invented he doesn't exist so he can't take out a loan and it all dies away and nothing is heard of it again. One more story would be the flashbacks Edward has when he and the inventor were living in the castle and he remembers learning table manners and the inventor teaching him poetry. The last memory Edward has of the inventor is when he reveals Edwards hands to him but soon after showing him he falls over and dies before he can put them on Edward. ...read more.

Conclusion

An example of using body language being used to show how a character is feeling is when one of the women tried to seduce Edward in the hairdressers. Positioning of characters and objects within the frame is really important because the setting needs to look realistic and to be believable, so having objects in the right position is a really hard task and Tim Burton has done it very well because you would not guess it was a set if you walked into the home. You need to get the right objects in the right room because there is no point in having a toilette in the kitchen or a freezer in the living room. Music is probably the most important thing in a movie because it affects the whole mood of a particular moment or scene. You see this when Kim is resembled as an angle the music turns almost fairytale it is slow very soft and without it would be impossible to feel the real impact of this scene. To conclude in this essay I have looked at the different genre's Tim Burton uses and how he uses them. I have compared it to another one of his films, and looked at it in detail mise-en-scene. In conclusion, I feel that Tim Burton creates a suburban fantasy by mixing lots of different genre's together like: Fantasy, Horror, Romance and Comedy. He borrows ideas from his other films like Beetlejuice. Tim Burton exaggerates things and uses stereotypes to put his point across. Alex Welham 11T ...read more.

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