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Subj: Re: Batman Returns is one of my favorite movies. I like this film as much as I like Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy.
Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 at 05:00:53 am CST (Viewed 227 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Batman Returns is one of my favorite movies. I like this film as much as I like Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy.
Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 at 04:35:26 pm CST (Viewed 284 times)

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    The difference in style comes from the sensibilities of the two directors and also their main influences :

    - Tim Burton : gothic horror monsters, retrofuture, film noir, Tod Browning , Lon Chaney, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, Robert Wiene, ...

Lon Chaney! Interesting...

    - Christopher Nolan : tech noir, hardboiled, thrillers, James Bond, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Michael Mann, A Tale of Two Cities ...

A Tale of Two Cities! Interesting...

    I think that the Smylex commercial in Batman 1989 was a brilliant idea. So was Joker luring the citizens of Gotham to a parade with the promise of free money.

Jack Nicholson's execution of that idea was equally brilliant. Even when I was against the movie for reasons I now find silly, I recognized the genius of Nicholson. Also I've always loved the Prince soundtrack.

    And there are the excellent production designs of Anton Furst (Batman 1989) and Bo Welch (Batman Returns).

Gotham City has never looked cooler than in Burton's films.

    For example, the rendition of the Batmobile by Tim Burton & Anton Furst has become one of the most iconic movie cars ever.

Far and away my favorite Batmobile, even surpassing the 1960s version, which is my second favorite.

I love the Burton/Furst Batmobile! It is probably the most blatantly overt execution of the concept of "car as a phallic symbol" (made even more obvious in Batman Returns when it turned into the "Batmissile" to race through a narrow alley), but done with such style and panache that it was just great. \(teehee\)

As a kid I liked the '60s 'mobile too. Of course I had a Corgi Toys model and even bought another one when the first had been worn down by too much play use. But by 1989 I was too old to play with toy cars... \:\-\)

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