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 ES Discussion Question #2, Johnny, Tim & those silent film stars
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Posted: Jan 15 2007, 12:10 PM


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Originally Posted by Karen
on 12/07/04 at 06:15 AM

In Tim Burton's commentary, he mentions more than once, that Johnny brought a "silent film star" quality to this role. So much of the film is done in shadow and tints of black, white and gray to contrast the pastels.

Do you have a favorite scene where this "silent film star" quality really pops out to you? Which one?


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MadScntst

I don't know if it's a favorite per se. But one that always comes to mind is when they're at the dinner table, and poor Edward is trying so desperately to eat that pea. I love how the whole family holds their breath, and then, boom, he drops it. I just wanna hug the poor fellow. But I'll bet it was a fun scene to shoot. (Also a quick shot that's pretty much the opposite- someone asks him for a pat of butter, and he does so effortlessly

I'm sure there are many more, though. How about his face in the scene with Kathy Baker in the hairdresser's


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One of my favorite funny scenes is where they are in the soon to be beauty shop, and he is laying back in the chair...........those eyes and the panic in them!


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BarbToo

I must say that I love his reaction to the offer of a glass of "lemonade". LOL


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Jeppody

I love the part where he is sitting on the kerb with the dog, and he snips the hair away from it's eyes. Two pairs of sorrowful brown eyes!!

But the scene that gets me everytime, and is sooo "silent movie" is when Vincent Price shows Edward his hands, and he is gently touching them.


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Karen

And he gives one a teeny little gentle kiss. Awww


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MerryK

Oh yes.. the way he is examing and looking at his new hands & fingers.. and then that soft tiny kiss .. so so sweet.

The kind of "silent movie" scene that I particularly like.. and it's not really in the darker hues.. except for Edward, himself... and not so serious .. more of in the comedic sense.. is when he is in the car with Peggy going back to her home. Edward is sitting and looking all around and taking it all in .. the smile on his face.. he looks like he is about to burst.. the innocence of him. But when he goes to look to the right and smacks his face into the door window.. the look on him, his reaction.. from his eyes & face is priceless.
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Quote Originally Posted by Karen
In Tim Burton's commentary, he mentions more than once, that Johnny brought a "silent film star" quality to this role. So much of the film is done in shadow and tints of black, white and gray to contrast the pastels. 
Do you have a favorite scene where this "silent film star" quality really pops out to you?  Which one?

I love everyone's responses.

The one thing about this movie that always intrigued me was what he could convey with his eyes. <sigh>. A couple of scenes that I will always love are two that are between Johnny and Winona. Maybe its because they were seeing each other at this point. When she says "Hold me", and he looks at her and says "I can't" and then there is just this look in his eyes that is so intense <sigh> - and also when she tells him "to run" near the end, after the van almost runs her brother over and they all start fighting, he again looks right into her eyes with such intensity. To me, you can see so much more in those looks with just those few seconds and his eyes say it all.

Oh, how I love those brown eyes <sigh>


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deppmania2003

One that pops out to me is the one in the bedroom of course. When he discovers the mirror and makes a hole in the bed. The expressions on his face there do have the most reverence to silent movies to me. They are really giving me shivers and are so well done. I still can not see why he didn't get an Oscar for this movie really.


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LauraB

Gosh, I really love all the scenes. Hard to chose just one, but I really liked his reaction to the "lemonade."


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sallytojack

I don't think I can pick just one. Therre's so many amazing silent movie-type moments in this film.
I love the scene where he gets his hands, like many of you. So much going on in his eyes there and it's so tender and sad all at the same time.

The other ones that spring to mind are:
-the scenes where Peg is putting makeup on him. Such great comedy without a word.
-When he gets trapped in Jim's parents house.
-When he starts to lose it - raking his hands alongside the mirror, and giong down the hallway.
-The looks when he stabs Jim, and his last few moments with Kim.
Geez, I'm all misty just thinking about these.
Doesn't matter how many times I have seen this film, I cannot get through it without bawling like an infant. Every. Single. Time.


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Jeppody

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Geez, I'm all misty just thinking about these.
Doesn't matter how many times I have seen this film, I cannot get through it without bawling like an infant.  Every.  Single.  Time.


Me too!!


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