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Ed Wood (1994)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Ed Wood (1994)

In Tim Burton's biopic of the reportedly 'worst director' of all time during the late 1950s:

  • the perceptive look at schlock film-making through the eyes of optimistic, determined, passionate and ever-enthusiastic film director Edward D. Wood, Jr. (Johnny Depp), in the making of three Z-grade films: Glen or Glenda?, Bride of the Monster, and Plan 9 From Outer Space ("This is the one I'll be remembered for")
  • the scene of Ed Wood meeting with Screen Classics' sexploitation film producer Georgie Weiss (Mike Starr), and telling him about his 'special qualifications' to direct a revised "sex-change flick" possibly to be called "I Changed My Sex": "I'm your man. I work fast and I'm a deal. I write and direct. And I'm good...Mr. Weiss. I have never told anyone. what I`m about to tell you but I really want this job. I like to dress in women's clothing... I love women. Wearing their clothes makes me feel closer to them"); he revealed his own secret cross-dressing transvestism and his fetish for angora sweaters and lacy undergarments
  • the portrayal of morphine-addicted ("with a demoral chaser"), outcast Universal horror star Bela Lugosi (Oscar-winning Martin Landau) - including his famous recitation from Bride of the Monster: ("Home? I have no home. Hunted. Despised. Living like an animal. The jungle is my home. But I shall show the world that I can be its master! I shall perfect my own race of people, a race of atomic supermen that will conquer the world!")
  • the scene of Wood's revelation to his first girlfriend Dolores Fuller (Sarah Jessica Parker), after handing her his script for Glen or Glenda? with himself in the title role, that he was a transvestite - she had a violent reaction to his exploitative use of their characters for his script: ("So that's where my sweater's been. How long have you been doing this?...Jesus Christ, and you never told me?...What?! By putting me in a f--kin' script for everyone can see? What kind of sick mind operates like that?...And what about this so-called Barbara character that's obviously me? This is our life! It's so embarrassing!... How can you act so casual when you're dressed like that?")
  • the autograph scene when Lugosi was asked for a signature by actor-fan Conrad "Connie" Brooks (Brent Hinkley), and was called Karloff's "sidekick" - Lugosi ranted back at his rival: ("Karloff? Sidekick? F--K YOU! Karloff does not deserve to smell my s--t! That limey cocksucker can rot in Hell for all I care!")
"Home? I have no home..."
Bela Lugosi
(Martin Landau)
Signature Scene: Lugosi's Rant About Karloff
  • the night scene when Bela Lugosi thrashed around in two feet of water in a pretend fight with an unmotorized, inanimate rubber giant octopus to please his director
  • the entire assortment of misfit freaks in Wood's traveling group of eccentric actors including horror-film TV hostess Vampira (Lisa Marie), charlatan psychic Criswell (Jeffrey Jones), massive Swedish wrestler-turned-actor Tor Johnson (George "The Animal" Steele), and aspiring transsexual John "Bunny" Breckinridge (Bill Murray)
  • Lugosi's exclamation about Vampira appearing on TV: ("I think she's a honey. Look at those jugs!")
  • the tender scene in which Wood confessed his love of wearing women's clothing to new girlfriend and future wife Kathy O'Hara (Patricia Arquette) while stuck inside a stalled carnival Spook House ride: ("I like to wear women's clothes. Panties, brassieres, sweaters, pumps. It's just something I do. And I can't believe I'm telling you this, but I really like you, and I don't want it getting in the way down the road")
  • the pool baptism scene in which all of them were immersed to secure film funding from a Beverly Hills Baptist church
  • the scene of Wood's short 'fictional' conversation at Musso & Frank Grill with his auteur-hero and idol Orson Welles (played by Vincent D'Onofrio, with Welles' trademark voice dubbed by Maurice LaMarche) about how a director must stick to his vision ("Ed... Visions are worth fighting for. Why spend your life making someone else's dreams?", and his subsequent words to his backers: "We are gonna finish this picture just the way I want it because you cannot compromise an artist's vision")

Ed Wood (Johnny Depp) with Screen Classics Producer Georgie Weiss

Wood's Cross-Dressing Revelation to Dolores

Ed Wood Directing in Women's Clothes

Giant Octopus

Ed's Confession to Kathy O'Hara: "I like to wear women's clothes"

Pool Baptism Scene

Fictional Scene at Musso & Frank Grill with Orson Welles


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