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Taylor M Lewis8 December 2019Film AestheticsTim Burton Film ElementsThere is a draw to the unknown, a curiosity to explore mystery that we have all been tempted by at one point in time. The feeling of distrust, anxiety and unease sometimes thrills us and perhaps has even forced us to explore foriegn emotion. Expressionism is defined as “... A manner of drawing, painting or sculpting in which forms derived from nature are distorted or exaggerated and colors are intensified for emotive of expressive purposes.” Much like with physical art that one might see in a gallery or residents, the same feelings arises when we watch films with Expressionist tone. Expressionism, or more specifically “German Expressionism” can be found in classic films, such as: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari , Nosferatu andFritz Lang’s M. These films provide their audience with the lanky shadowy figures with low lighting, distortion in set design and over the top (usually deathly pale) characters. Tim Burton is a modern day director, that truly encompasses the core elements of German Expressionism while also offering his audience humor and whimsical stories within his films. Though it is painstakingly clear as to where Burton’s inspiration derives from, he has been able to form a style of his own. So much so, that most people can easily spot films he has directed or produced through some key elementsthat include flashback storytelling, pop-color background lighting in gothic visuals and outcastedeccentric characters .Burton is no stranger to a gothic visual style, most (if not all) of his movies revel some sort of gothic imagery. In particular, films like Beetlejuice and The Corpse Bride are very

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