Tim Burton with his vintage Margaret Keane paintings, October 28, 2014.

Art As Identity Theft: Tim Burton’s Big Eyes Premieres at Art Basel Miami Beach

In director Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, a tiny artist’s studio is filled floor to ceiling with creepy, memorable paintings of tiny waifs with huge dark eyes. The imperious Walter (Christoph Waltz) locks his wife Margaret (Amy Adams) in her studio to keep the authorship of those paintings secret, hawking them to an eager buying public as his own. When she discovers the identity theft and threatens to disclose it, Walter tosses matches on her turpentine-soaked floor.

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