The lighting techniques used in Edwards’s film influence greatly the meaning of the shot. Tim Burton used a dreary light, an expression to display the mood of the movie. Lightening made the characters’ setting and several things look mysterious. The first appearance of Edward happens to be a dark corner of an empty room. In a mare look up, Edward is clothed in stiff black fabric encaging his upper body. The dark character of the room makes the Avon woman stare and want to come closely to examine Edward features. In this way, the use of light draws the attention of the audience.
Illustrated with the cartoons, sheet music covers, and book jackets that Yambo uncovers in his search, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana can be read as a love letter to literature, a layered excavation of an Italian boyhood of the 1940s, and a sly meditation on human consciousness.
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