dirty gray alley. We feel shame. Compassion. Sorrow...
of sad children.
Dollar Painter!" "Keane Masterpiece at World's Fair"
MUSIC BUILDS. FASTER. Keane brochures. Catalogs. A flyer:
"Now Open! Keane Gallery"
MORE orphan's faces. Hungry, unblinking, beseeching.
A CRESCENDO -- then -- SILENCE.
terrific. It has to be good. If it
were bad, so many people wouldn't like
-- ANDY WARHOL
EXT. SUBURBIA - 1958
Then, a SUBTITLE: "TEN YEARS EARLIER"
INT. HOUSE - DAY
CU on two concerned eyes. The same eyes as the paintings. We
REVEAL they belong to a real girl: JANE, 8. She sits in her
frame. Margaret is blonde, yearning, fragile. Terribly
upset, she is hurriedly packing.
Margaret runs to the door -- then turns. The hallway is lined
with her PAINTINGS. Oils and inks of wide-eyed Jane, who
Margaret and her HUSBAND, smiling, happy.
EXT. HIGHWAY - DAY
Cars roar down an interstate.
Margaret grips the wheel, uncertain. Jane stares. The car is
the windshield. Images of perky, happy-fake Americans.
Big Eyes (2014)
Synopsis: 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.