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Batman (1989) 35th anniversary screenings

Opens on January 26

Director: Tim Burton Run Time: 126 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 1989

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Jerry Hall, Kim Basinger, Michael Gough, Michael Keaton

Country: United States
Language: English

About the film:

In 1989, the world changed forever when the first modern superhero movie arrived.

“a stunning achievement, especially through the incredible and unique visualization of director Tim Burton.”

—Ron Pennington, Hollywood Reporter

As the Dark Knight, defender of law and order in Gotham City, Batman treads the shadow zone between right and wrong, fighting with only his skill in martial arts and his keenly honed mind to defend the innocent and to purge the memory of his parents’ brutal murder—always keeping his true identity as millionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne a closely guarded secret.  Now, Batman faces his most ruthless nemesis when a deformed madman calling himself “The Joker” seizes control of Gotham’s criminal underworld.

Tim Burton brought together Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, and Kim Basinger to create the instant classic, Batman (1989). The film was praised for the performances, Burton’s direction, the production design, and the score by Burton’s regular collaborator, Danny Elfman, and went on to win the Academy Award for Best Art Direction.

About the filmmaker:

Tim Burton is an American filmmaker, animator, and artist best known for his distinctive style of gothic fantasy and horror. Burton has written, directed, and produced numerous iconic films – encompassing cult favorites, box office smashes and inventive adaptations. He is credited with kickstarting the juggernaut of superhero films with Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992), reinvigorating stop-motion animation with Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and Corpse Bride (2005), putting a macabre twist on grand scale musicals with Sweeney Todd (2007), and creating some of cinema’s most iconic antiheroes with Beetlejuice (1988) and Edward Scissorhands (1990). Outside of feature films, Burton has also turned his hand to music videos, television series, short films and advertisements. His accolades include nominations for two Academy Awards and three BAFTA Awards, and wins for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award.

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