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Ed Wood

Edward D. Wood, Jr.

Cinematical's current "Retro Cinema" edition is the Halloween-appropriate Ed Wood.

I love Ed Wood. Not only it is Tim Burton's sad, quirky sweetness at its best, it folds in classic B horror movies, filmmaking, and Orson Welles references - all three areas of particular interest to me.

Other notes:

  • This was also one of the first of latter-day Bill Murray's smaller, stranger roles (as the transvestite Bunny Breckenridge) which would later become de rigeur for him via directors like Wes Anderson. I think he's priceless in that mode.
  • Although the film purports to be the "true story of Ed Wood," it does take more than a few liberties. This is worth mentioning because the sparse attendance of Bela Lugosi's funeral in the film has little in common with the crowd that actually showed up for Lugosi's funeral - including other horror stars Peter Lorre and Vincent Price. Legend has it that Lorre asked Price if they should stick a stake in Lugosi's heart, just to be sure.
  • In an entirely fictionalized but delightfully cheesy key moment, Ed meets an aging Orson Welles in a bar. Welles is played by Vincent D'Onofrio and voiced by Pinky and the Brain actor Maurice LaMarche, which combined is about the most awesome Welles impression ever. D'Onofrio, however, was apparently dissatisfied with his work and took another stab at Welles by playing him in another short film that he also directed, Five Minutes, Mr. Welles. This short has long been at the top my list of films to get a hold of, but since it only ran the festival circuit and isn't on DVD, I'm probably out of luck.



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