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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

"You are young. Life has been kind to you. You will learn."

With these words early on in Tim Burton’s 2007 film adaptation of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, we instantly get a sense of the dark place that the character of Sweeney Todd, played marvelously by Johnny Depp, has come from. This isn’t your typical happy-go-lucky musical. No, this is dark and bloody and beautifully grim. It’s the perfect story for Burton and ends up being one of our favorite films of his, the final film in our Richard D. Zanuck series. Join us—Pete Wright and Andy Nelson—for this episode as we delve into everything about this film.

We chat about the stellar performances by Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall and everyone else. We discuss the amazing Stephen Sondheim and the surprisingly long history of the story of Todd. We chat about the blood and the grand guignol style Burton uses for the film, but also about the melancholy and heartbreak present in the story. We bring up Depp’s singing and what it does for the film and talk about the rain of blood in the title sequence and how it perfectly sets us up for the film. And, of course, we talk about Zanuck, his involvement in the film, and how challenging it was to get the film made. It’s a horror and it’s a marvel, and it’s definitely a movie we like. Listen in!

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