|Posted by john Donnelly on January 14, 2015 at 7:15 PM|
Big Eyes is a 2014 American biographical comedy-drama film directed by Tim Burton, and starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. The film focuses on American artist Margaret Keane (Adams), whose work was fraudulently claimed in the 1950s and 1960s by her then-husband, Walter Keane (Waltz), and delves into the story of their heated divorce trial wherein Margaret accused Walter of stealing her paintings.
The film had its world premiere in New York City on December 15, 2014. It was released theatrically on December 25, 2014, in the United States by The Weinstein Company.wiki
Artist Margaret Keane's work became phenomenally successful in the 1950s, but she received no recognition for it. Her husband, Walter Keane, claiming to be the artist, became a national celebrity and talk show fixture in the 1950s after he pioneered the mass production of inexpensive prints of big-eyed kids.
Using his marketing savvy, he sold the prints cheaply in hardware stores and gas stations across the United States. Margaret generated the paintings from their basement with Walter's contribution being his signature added to the bottom. The ruse ended their marriage, and when Margaret tried to make it known that she created the paintings, the couple end up in a court battle after she learned that Walter had taken the paintings without permission. The case culminated in a dramatic courtroom showdown.