Ed Wood is a man with big dreams: He wants to direct films. Only problem is, he’s a man of little talent. He sees his chance to break into showbiz when a low-rent studio is looking to produce a movie about Christine Jorgensen, the first man to undergo a sex-change operation. Well, the rights to make his…err…her story fall through, but that doesn’t stop the studio from wanting a flick to exploit the sexual-identity crisis angle, and Ed has the “perfect” idea. His film, Glen or Glenda?, is a story of a man with an angora fetish who is confused about his gender identity…oh, and it’s semi-autobiographical. Oh, and he talks his idol, washed-up (and drug-addicted) Bela Lugosi into taking a rather…odd…role as the Puppetmaster.
Glen or Glenda? is an unqualified disaster in everyone’s eyes…except for Ed. Undaunted, he proceeds to raise funding himself for his (and Bela’s) next big project, Bride of the Atom (renamed Bride of the Monster before it finally hits the screen). It’s a troubled production, at best, what with having to swipe props from other studios, film single takes of inaction in pitch dark locations, and worry if the star will be lucid enough to work.
Bride of the Monster gets made and is yet another unqualified disaster. Undaunted, Ed proceeds to raise funding for his magnum opus, Plan 9 from Outer Space. However, there’s one critical blow to the effort to bring it to the screen: Bela dies of a heart attack. That’s not enough to stop Ed from giving him top billing, though, using some framing footage of Bela with another actor whose face is covered filling in for him during the actual production. —DVDverdict.com
Timothy Walter “Tim” Burton (born August 25, 1958) is a Golden Globe Award-winning American film director, producer, writer and artist. He is famed for his dark and quirky films, such as Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas, which he co-wrote and produced. He is also famous for directing blockbusters including Batman and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Since directing his first feature film Pee-wee’s Big Adventure in 1985, he has gone on to direct and produce numerous films, many of which have received Academy Award nominations and wins. He frequently works with close friend Johnny Depp, musician Danny Elfman and partner Helena Bonham Carter. His upcoming projects include the animated film 9 and Alice in Wonderland, the Disney retelling of Lewis Carroll’s book.
Burton was born in Burbank, California, the first of two sons to Bill Burton and Jean Erickson. His year of birth is sometimes mistakenly given as 1960. Burton described his childhood self as quirky… read more
The film is perfect. It moves at a fast (but perfecft) pace which the film benefits as it captures the make shift furiousity of which ed wood works at. Every shot is beautiful and mirrors the magic of cinema that ed wood is passionate about. Obviously this is achieved through perhaps depp's finest performance and burton at the peak of his powerrs. Burton's best film without a doubt 5/5.
i ain't no fan of tim burton but this film is amazing. one of the most legendary cult icons, a man who so passionately loves movies but can't quite seem to make it. a great look at ed wood's mind and personality, his life and his films. anybody willing to be a filmmaker should watch this film.
The first half of the film has great style and does a good job of making Ed Wood a very fascinating person. It's the Burton I love, but sadly the second half is a bit too crowded to be fully taken, as we have to jungle between the premiere of Bride of the Monster, the making of Plan 9 (which is VASTLY overlooked) AND the death of Bela Lugossi at the same time.