A drama about the awakening of painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.
Because of his eccentric habits and bafflingly strange films, director Edward D. Wood Jr. is a Hollywood outcast. Nevertheless, with the help of the formerly famous Bela Lugosi and a devoted cast and crew of show-business misfits who believe in Ed's off-kilter vision, the filmmaker is able to bring his oversize dreams to cinematic life. Despite a lack of critical or commercial success, Ed and his friends manage to create an oddly endearing series of extremely low-budget films.Written by
The TV appearance of Bela Lugosi is based on his appearance on The Milton Berle Show (1948) (the Milton Berle show) in September of 1949. While Lugosi had his lines memorized, Berle's ad-libbing completely threw him. This took place years before Wood and Lugosi ever met. See more »
During both scenes where Ed Wood is resting on the bench at the sanitarium, the same car drives down the street as seen through the window in the back. See more »
[Bunny Breckenridge is being baptized]
Welcome to the fold, brother. Welcome. Praise the lord, brother. Do you reject Satan and all his evils?
[after his baptism, Bunny swims towards Ed Wood]
How do you do it? How do you get all your friends to get baptized just so you can make a monster movie?
Edward D. Wood, Jr.:
It's not a monster movie. It's a supernatural thriller.
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The movie ends with the simple line "Filmed in Hollywood, USA", the same way as the real Ed Wood did it at the end of his movies. See more »
Although I had never heard of Ed Wood before hearing of this film, I now understand why anybody would even consider making a film about him. Even though branded as "the worst director of all time," Wood was refreshingly passionate about what he did. Of course, I can't really judge his work, but from what I saw in this movie I'm pretty sure that the critics are right about him.
But that's not the point of Ed Wood. Not at all. My favorite scene in the whole movie is the conversation between Wood and Orson Welles. One perhaps the best filmmaker of his time, the other a young, struggling filmmaker without experience or talent, but each knows what the other is going through. They have the same problems and the same ambitions. The fact that one is a genius and the other a total failure is only secondary.
The performances are all first-rate, starting with Depp and Landau and going all the way to the supporting cast which includes a great performance by Bill Murray. Opposing Ed Wood's statement that "filmmaking is not about the tiny details," Tim Burton gave us another great film filled with wonderful details.
The film does not go into detail about Wood's experiences prior to and after making his first films which is understandable when you make a little research on this very website.
This film made me curious about Ed Wood's work and maybe I'll get over myself and check out Plan 9 from Outer Space or Glen or Glenda.
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