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Ed Wood (1994)

USA 127m, B&W
Director: Tim Burton; Cast: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Patricia Arquette, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jeffrey Jones, Lisa Marie, Bill Murray

edwoodThis movie is a cleverly written and smartly filmed dramatic comedy based loosely on the life, artistic works, and personal relationships of famed 1950s director Edward D. Wood Jr., who is best known for making some of Hollywood’s worst movies. Despite Wood’s reputation for bad film-making, Burton provides a sympathetic view of his film work and his relationship with the aging Béla Lugosi, who is brilliantly played by Martin Landau. Filmed in black and white, and with the support of a stellar cast, Burton captures the spirit of Wood’s  film efforts and provides a fitting tribute to his oddly inspiring film legacy (Klaus Ming June 2009).

2 comments on “Ed Wood (1994)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins

    I like this movie a lot (it figures in my personal idea of artists persisting no matter what, as I wrote about on my blog a lot time ago: http://u-town.com/collins/?p=392), but what really lifts it, as you say, is Landau’s performance.

    Foul-mouthed, funny, and very moving.

    • Klaus

      A favorite of mine as well, and it served as an introduction to the wider body of Béla Lugosi’s work for me.

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