BIG EYES - The True Story of the Most Epic Art Fraud in History

BIG EYES tells the outrageous true story of one of the most epic art frauds in history. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, painter Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) had reached success beyond belief, revolutionizing the commercialization of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. Walter’s works were actually not created by him at all, but by his wife Margaret (Amy Adams). The Keanes had been living a worldwide lie. BIG EYES centers on Margaret’s awakening as an artist, the phenomenal success of her paintings, and her tumultuous relationship with her husband, who was catapulted to international fame while taking credit for her work.



Amy Adams (Margaret Keane), played this role beautifully. She is a a five time Academy Award nominated actress and a Golden Globe winner and has built an impressive body of work, challenging herself with each new role. 

Christoph Waltz (Walter Keane), dominated this role with his charm and dry sense of humor that blows the viewer away. He won his second Academy Award for his performance in Quentin Tarantino’s DJANGO UNCHAINED. His role also garnered him the Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards for the Best Supporting Actor. In 2009, he received the Academy, SAG, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Cannes Film Festival awards for his portrayal of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa in Tarantino’s INGLORIOUS BASTERDS.


Margaret’s story was very inspiring to me for many reasons, and one of them was that her art made the beginning of the Women’s Movement more important to the law in the 1950’s and early 1960’s. Many housewives were moved and empowered to fight back for their rights and protection as independent artists also as business women.

BIG EYES reveal many facts about the art dealing business, where you’ll find yourself laughing out loud or shaking your head when simple scams are successfully bought by the public and art lovers back then. These issues are very delicate and common for many generations and I feel the need to communicate this matter in a visual form through Tim Burton’s eyes.


This film is visually magical and transported me to an era that I wasn’t able to see. Thanks to Tim’s whimsical mind we get to see this stories who are so important in this generation, especially to artists like myself constantly finding out who we are through art. Thanks to these creative outlets of truthful expression we get to share our existence in this world full of good and bad. We are all artists, we all have an imagination, it was given to us since birth and we should protect it.

Art will always be the main form of communicating the most honest information about who we are. If you don’t consider yourself an artist because you haven’t touch a canvas or coloring pencils, no matter how old you are or what you do for living, art is the best mirror we can look at to find out more about our past, present and future. 

Grab your canvas and paint your life away, someone’s watching.


Margaret still paints...



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