Fairytales and Fables is a free event at GOMA from 10 January to 30 March 2014.

Ranging in tone from light-hearted romps to more disturbing accounts, the program incorporates cinematic renditions and reinterpretations of classic tales, as well as original stories that combine elements of fairytale and fable with parody, experimental film and horror.

‘Fairytales and Fables’ offers an opportunity to view Tim Burton’s 1990 Edward Scissorhands on 24 January at 6pm and 29 January at 8pm.

Edward Scissorhands (1990) is rated PG and runs for 105 minutes:

‘Edward is unfinished—the creation of a mad inventor (Vincent Price), now deceased, he has an all-too-human soul but scissors for hands. So he lives alone like Leo the Last in his ancient mansion overlooking a changed neighborhood, all late-sixties pastels and door-to-door housewives. Avon calls, and Edward’s life begins: Dianne Wiest’s Peg Boggs, the neighborhood naïf, sees a kindred spirit in need of a good astringent, and adopts him. Like his inventor’s charming, zany automated assembly-line cookie cutter straight out of Charley Bowers, Edward (the marvelous Johnny Depp) can’t do anything practical like eat a pea, but can only create beauty. Topiary leads to nouvelle coiffures for the womenfolk, for whom his snipping touch is positively orgasmic. Tim Burton is Fritz Lang with a happy face, not only in playing off the eroticism of the mechanical but in his observation that the coffee klatch is only a heartbeat away from the lynch mob. Hell hath no fury like a woman shorn.’

Pacific Film Archive

See the full list of films playing at the Fairytales and Fables event in JanuaryFebruary and March.

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