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Big Eyes (2014)
In the late 1950s and early '60s, artist Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) achieves unbelievable fame and success with portraits of saucer-eyed waifs. However, no one realizes that his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams), is the real painter behind the brush. Although Margaret is horrified to learn that Walter is passing off her work as his own, she is too meek to protest too loudly. It isn't until the Keanes' marriage comes to an end and a lawsuit follows that the truth finally comes to light.

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TITLE SEQUENCE:

TIGHT on TWO PAINTED EYES. The pupils are impossibly wide.

Imploring. The watery rims spill a single tear.

We PULL OUT... revealing the eyes belong to a child. A young

girl, fingers clasped pitifully. She's forlorn, alone in a

dirty gray alley. We feel shame. Compassion. Sorrow...

Then -- an IDENTICAL girl SLAPS in front of the first one.

Then another! It's a PRINTING PRESS, the creation of a BLUR

of sad children.

A KINETIC montage! HORDES of gazing WAIFS get lithographed,

bundled:
Huddling in worry. Floating in space. POSTERS.

POSTCARDS. BOOKS.

We ZOOM into a MAGAZINE AD: A 1960's era come-on -- "IT'S

KEANE! MUSEUM-QUALITY ART, MAILED DIRECTLY TO YOUR HOME!"

A blizzard of NEWSPAPER ARTICLES: "Meet America's Million-

Dollar Painter!" "Keane Masterpiece at World's Fair"

Painted EYES float by. Haunting... questioning...

Old POLAROIDS:
A family Christmas, a Keane print over the

mantel. Kids play bumper pool, a Keane print in the b.g.

A blurry black-and-white TV: A talk show HOST holds up a Keane

PAINTING --

MUSIC BUILDS. FASTER. Keane brochures. Catalogs. A flyer:

"Now Open! Keane Gallery"

MORE orphan's faces. Hungry, unblinking, beseeching.

A CRESCENDO -- then -- SILENCE.

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Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski

Scott Alexander (born June 16, 1963, Los Angeles, California) and Larry Karaszewski (born November 20, 1961, South Bend, Indiana) are an American screenwriting team. They met at the University of Southern California where they were roommates; they graduated from the School of Cinematic Arts in 1985. more…

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