Wednesday, August 11, 2010
24 Frames: Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985, Tim Burton)
Two days late here, but Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, opened on August 9th, twenty five years ago. As I stated in a prior post earlier this month, since seeing this for the first time theatrically in 1985, this movie has held a comforting presence for me. It's attention to detail, joie de vivre and willingness to traverse several genres within itself makes it a worthy repeat watching candidate.
Things seem to be turning up Pee-Wee these days, he successfully toured Los Angeles with a stage show in January 2010 (I was there for one show, and attended a Q & A afterwards) which will soon be going to Broadway, he programmed a day's worth of screenings at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival, and he seems to have finally got his long discussed follow-up film greenlit (so long that he's mentioning it in the Big Adventure commentary which was recorded in 2000) with Judd Appatow producing.
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure was the feature length directorial debut of Tim Burton (and my favorite film of his besides Ed Wood), and Victor J. Kemper was the director of photography.