Friday, July 10, 2009

Ed Wood

Ed Wood is a 1994 film inspired by the life of film director Ed Wood. It is directed by Tim Burton and stars Johnny Depp and Martin Landau (who won an Oscar for his role as Bela Lugosi). I found myself much more interested in Bela Lugosi than Ed Wood. Howard Shore did the music.


The first 10 minutes is here:

Moria says, "The film’s greatest strength is the sadness of the relationship between Wood and the down-and-out Bela Lugosi." Rolling Stone calls it a "sympathetic and endearing movie". Variety says it's "a fanciful, sweet-tempered biopic". The New York Times says, "the biggest surprise about "Ed Wood" is that it manages to be a sweet, sunny mainstream comedy, with its kinkiness reduced to the level of a joke." Roger Ebert says the movie is
a film which celebrates Wood more than it mocks him, and which celebrates, too, the zany spirit of 1950s exploitation films - in which a great title, a has-been star and a lurid ad campaign were enough to get bookings for some of the oddest films ever made.

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