Memorable quotes :
Ed Wood: I met with the White Lugosi .
Bela Lugosi: The public no longer wants to see the classic horror films . Today, she made only giant beetles , giant spiders , giant grasshoppers ... Who would believe this nonsense ?
Ed Wood: Ukhta, Mr. Lugosi , you must have a wonderful life ! When comes your next picture ?
Georgie Weiss: Why would Lugosi wants to play in a movie about sex-change ?
Ed Wood: My girlfriend still does not know why all the sweaters she stretched .
Ed Wood: This story will shock people. It is about a guy who loves a girl , but he likes to wear women's clothes. Should he tell her? Maybe he should not talk about? He is torn , Georgie . This drama !
Ed Wood: Listen, I 've been thinking , maybe we 'll get somewhere , for example , for dinner ?
Ed Wood: I like to dress in women's clothes .
Dolores Fuller: Ed , What's my motivation ?
[ see on the street a police car during the shooting episode ]
Ed Wood: [ after Thor Johnson hurt his shoulder a doorway , which is why all the wall decorations almost collapsed ] Ok , SIR shot ! Perfect! In print !
[ otsmatrivaya an editor with archival footage are available ]
Georgie Weiss: Well, tell me , what were the important news that you would not tell me over the phone?
[ While waiting for the rite of baptism in the swimming pool ]
[ baptize Bunny Breckinridge ]
[ talking to potential investors the plot of his film]
Ed Wood: Kathy ... Now I will tell you that never told the girl at his first meeting . But I think it is important that you immediately recognize it ... I love to dress in women's clothes.
[ persuading landlords to invest in "Plan 9 " ]
[ inviting to withdraw wrestler Thor in his film ]
Ed Wood / Ed Wood ( 1994)
Johnny Depp (Johnny Depp) ... Ed Wood (Ed Wood)
Martin Landau (Martin Landau) ... Bela Lugosi (Bela Lugosi)
Sarah Jessica Parker (Sarah Jessica Parker) ... Dolores Fuller (Dolores Fuller)
Patricia Arket (Patricia Arquette) ... Kathy O'Hara (Kathy O'Hara)
Jeffrey Jones (Jeffrey Jones) ... Krisvel (Criswell)
Bill Murray (Bill Murray) ... Bunny Breckinridge (Bunny Breckinridge)
Max Casella (Max Casella) ... Paul Marco (Paul Marco)
Brent Hinkley (Brent Hinkley) ... Conrad Brooks (Conrad Brooks)
Lisa Marie (Lisa Marie) ... Ghoul (Vampira)
George "Animal " Steele (George 'The Animal' Steele) ... Tor Johnson (Tor Johnson)
Tim Burton (Tim Burton)
If it were not for the recognition of " the worst director of all time ( in the book critics Michael and Harry Medved (Michael and Harry Medved) «The Golden Turkey Awards») in 1980 , two years after his death , the broad mass of spectators on Edwards Vude junior (Edward D. Wood, Jr) still would not have known . But as the " bad press does not happen , then the recognition of Wood's "worst " nedyuzheny spurred interest in his " creativity ", and especially for the movie 1959 year "Plan 9 from Outer Space »(« Plan 9 From Outer Space »), which is considered the " worst statement of the history of cinema . " With this statement , of course, is debatable , but the fact that the movie was really terrible, just plain silly to argue : )
In the early nineties, another surge of interest in personality and " creativity " Wood has caused the publication of Rudolph Grey's biography book " Nightmare of Ecstasy »(Rudolph Grey's« Nightmare of Ecstasy »), factual information to which they gave the wife and numerous friends of the director. That this book was the basis desyatistranichnoy scenario application of Scott Alexander and Larry Karastsevski (Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski), they suggested that director Michael Liman (Michael Lehmann), who in turn showed it to prodyusershe Dinov Denise (Denise DiNovi), which agreed to produce a film with Tim Burton , ready for production «Mary Reilly». Not thrilled that the studio planned to start shooting " Mary Reilly " much earlier than the stipulated period, replacing the darling Burton , Winona Ryder (Winona Ryder), to caramel Julia Roberts (Julia Roberts), Tim refused to directing the project and sat down reading " Nightmare of Ecstasy " by ordering Scott and Larry full script. Working seven days a week for 14
hours a day for six weeks , Alexander and Karastsevski written 147- mi page script that is so like Barton, that he " pushed " by Michael Lehman to the position of executive producer, and he sat in his chair director, decided to make a film in black and white film . This idea , however , categorically not like functionaries Columbia Pictures, which was developed under the roof project, and a month before filming the director was forced to look for a new "roof " . This, however, it was easy for Burton , because the interest of the " catch " his film raised , such pillars of the Hollywood film industry as Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox, but the director eventually chose corporation Disney, more precisely their unit «Touchstone Pictures », to guarantee complete creative freedom in exchange for strict production discipline - Tim had to remove the tape strictly within the approved schedule and a fairly modest ( 18 million ) budget. Having a creative carte blanche, Barton made a unique film about a man who truly loved movies , but did not have to create it no talent ...
Edward Davis Wood Jr. was born October 10, 1924 the first in a family of modest American postman . His mother, Lillian always wanted a girl , so up to twelve years old son, dressed in skirts and dresses , instilling , thus , a passion for dressing up in women's clothes , and especially to soft sweaters made from angora wool. At the age of seventeen years, Ed went to the front , where he participated in the Battle of Guadalcanal , wearing a uniform women's panties and bra, and terribly afraid without death and injury, which resulted in his passion would become known to all. However, in this sense, the war for him went smoothly, except for the broken front teeth and a damaged leg :) Back in civilian life , Wood first worked as a " woman with a beard " at numerous carnivals, and then a gofer in Hollywood , trying to casually "Raise " their own projects in the field of theater , film and literature. From theater Ed at once went wrong , but in the " literature "and film it " succeeded " , since the early fifties filling the publisher hastily written Pulp Fiction , stories which often revolved around a transvestite and beloved author angora sweaters . Read his short stories have been tricky, because Wood is not just simultaneously worked on several projects , but also published his " netlenki , looking at this TV , taking food, drinking and talking with someone on the phone. The result of these works is not difficult to imagine ... In the same way about he worked on his films , only the first of which , «Glen or Glenda» ( 1953), funded by the real film producer George Weiss (George Weiss), the owner of low-budget Screen Classics. All the other pieces of music are far from Wood -sponsored film industry people , who wanted to , while , to see on the screen of their relatives and proteges . In " Bride of the Monster »(« Bride of the Monster », 1955) , for example, in one of the main roles looming Tony McCoy (Tony McCoy), the son of a slaughterhouse in Texas by Donald McCoy (Donald E. McCoy), who gave the money to complete film. And in order to remove the " Plan 9 From Outer Space ", the entire crew of Wood not only had to go through the rite of baptism in the Southern Baptist church, which has given money to performance, but also take one of the " brothers " in the main role ! But the result , as we know , entered the annals of history ... ; )
Burton film is just considering the most "productive " period of life Wood , with 1953 , when he came autobiographical «Glen or Glenda», and before the release of " Plan 9 "in 1959. During this period, Ed Wood managed to meet and work with a lot of these freaks , each of which found their place in this movie. Let's start with the Wood's girlfriend Dolores Fuller, played by the wonderful future star series " Sex and the City , Sarah Jessica Parker .
Dolores met with Ed on the casting film «Behind Locked Doors», which is that , in theory , should have been set , and very quickly became the mistress of the director, starring in several of his projects . Their relationship , however, lasted only a few years , as the girl was unable to drag Wood's angora sweaters of disguise , and be the only one who brings the family money ( thanks to the work on television ), she pretty bored . After parting with Wood after the release of the Bride Monster " , where she was the role of secretary , Dolores Fuller discovered her talent songwriter , and later moving around a lot of the hit for Elvis Presley , becoming much richer and more famous than a former lover.
Rich but not famous, was another friend of Wood, mannered gay Shakespearean starter Bunny Breckinridge (real name - John Cabell Breckinridge), made no secret of his " gay " at a time when it was not only bold , but simply dangerous. Who loved the theater and speaker on the stage on both sides of the Atlantic , often as cheap burlesque shows with gay and transgender in the history of " Bunny " came in his only film credits "Lord "in vudovskom "Plan 9 " . In this film he was almost the only actor who had behind the big stage experience , which he had a very peculiar way used to translate the on-screen image ultrakitchevogo cosmic ruler with painted eyes and lips pomaded , dressed in a kind of pajamas, and obviously which took mental problems, as no episode of his involvement has managed without a face and various theatrical revolution eyes :) lived a long (1903-1996) , but apparently not very happy (as two attempts to change the floor were his failures ) life, Breckinridge even saw myself on screen in a fun performed by Bill Murray , but the ever-deteriorating health did not allow him to participate in the campaign to promote a Ribbon.
But several other parties vudovskoy statement could appear in the film in a small cameo. Conrad Brooks , who played at Wood's comic policeman came here as a bartender , Gregory Walcot (Gregory Walcott), the protagonist of the "Plan ", played a small role of a potential financier of " Bride of the Monster , "and another " comic policeman , Paul Marco, looming in the pati time in the background .
All of these people , however , and a candle to no good "Amazing Krisvelu »(The Amazing Criswell), whose role went to Jeffrey Jones . Born Geron Krisvel Konig (Jeron Criswell Konig) initially worked for a reader radio , but in the early fifties was to redeem the airtime from a local television station in Los Angeles to chase her early equivalent of the store on the couch , pushing «Criswell Family Vitamins». To diversify its infomercial , he soon became a place to insert the segments entitled " Krisvel Predicts »(« Criswell Predicts »), which did a dizzying and often totally absurd " prediction " . Shaw , however , made it a semblance local celebrity and a welcome guest at many pati , where, in a constant tuxedo with gold studs and curly hair on his forehead, Krisvel entertained guests not only its appearance but also more " predictions " , many of which were later published them as several books. In the most famous of them , «Criswell Predicts: From Now to the Year 2000 " , published in 1968, the year he , in particular , " predicted " an epidemic of mass cannibalism and destruction of the planet Earth , which happens 18 August 1999 year ( date of his next birthday; )) , as well as a wonderful space beam , which struck the city of Denver and turn iron into the rubber, because of what happens a lot of unpleasant incidents in the local entertainment parks ... In addition to their insane " prophecies "," Amazing Krisvel " was known for his friendships with many leaders of showbiz , and the fact that his house was kept a coffin in which he , in his own words, often slept. The coffin , by the way , together with the very Krisvelom , Wood has been used in at least three pictures («Plan 9 from Outer Space »,« Night of the Ghouls » and «Orgy of the Dead»), and one without Criswell - pornography " Necromania » of 1971 . Although Krisvel was officially married, he often saw in the coffee shop «The Gold Cup», served with an informal meeting place for homosexuals, and the fact that he always wore on his face make-up, too, spoke of his " non-traditional " orientation :)
Amid Krisvela other friends and colleagues, Wood, of course, have faded, although a professional wrestler Tor Johnson (born Tor Johansson), who spoke under the pseudonym «The Super Swedish Angel», too, left an indelible mark on pop culture , as well as television presenter Maila Nurmi (Maila Nurmi), better known as the Ghoul (Vampira).
Lifetime Achievement Johnson , 136 -kilo Swedish wrestler , was superpopulyarnymi hellovinskaya mask , released since his death and torn to the U.S. mad circulation . The mask is , of course , was made with the image returned from the grave " Inspector Dan Clay »(Inspector Dan Clay) of all of the same fantasy epic Wood's " Plan 9 from outer space .
As for the Mail Nurmi , nee Mail Siryaniemi (Maila Syrjaniemi), then its contribution to pop culture can not be overemphasized , because she was the creator of the world's first image of a television horror - leading , Vampires . The idea of this character was born a girl in 1953 when she appeared on the traditional fancy-dress ball choreographer Lester Horton (Lester Horton) with bleached skin and wearing a slinky black dress with a low-cut image and likeness Martishi Adams (Morticia Addams) from popular comic book Charles Addams (Charles Addams), unprinted magazine The New Yorker. Such an unusual character said television producer Hunt Stromberg Jr. (Hunt Stromberg, Jr.) Mail and invited to the night show on Channel KABC-TV, where she represented the old horror movies , walking in a rich haze among a maze of cobwebs. Despite the fact that Vampire instantly gained cult status and was wildly popular among fans of the "horrors ", held out her show on the channel of the year , after which the girl was fired, and she dragged vampire to another channel , KHJ-TV 9. From there , though it too soon to "ask" , and the rest of the 50th Maila simply " hung out " , lit a few horrible performances , including "Plan 9 from Outer Space " , where she did not even have words:) But the words were her numerous friends, among which noted figures such as Marilyn Monroe (then Norma Jean (Norma Jean)), Elvis Presley and James Dean (James Dean), and the idol of Ed Wood , Orson Wells (Orson Welles), was listed in her lovers. In the sixties, however , after a series , to put it mildly , unsuccessful film credits , Maila Nurmi has moved away from show business and took up the protection of animal rights and drawing self-portraits , which sold well , instantly became collectors' rarities. In the early eighties KHJ-TV channel Nurmi offered to return to the screens in the form of vampires , and when she refused , created a new horror - leading , Elvira , which has bosomed Cassandra Peterson (Cassandra Peterson). The elderly vampire even tried to plead with her , but to no avail :) Died as a cult horror icon , most recently , on 10 January of 2008 at the age of eighty-six years, until his death pritorgovyvaya autographed pictures on the site www.vampirasattic.com ...
Amid all these freaks looked aloof former Dracula , Bela Lugosi , with whom Wood met in the early fifties . Born in Hungary under the name of Bela Ferenc Dezso Blasko (Bela Ferenc Dezso Blasko) 20th October 1882 the first year , my acting career he began in his native country , starring in twelve movies in 1917 and 1918 , respectively. In 1919 he moved to Germany where he appeared in several German productions, but in October 1920 left the country with the intent to immigrate to the United States. There he falls in March 1921 , where the first time interrupted earnings laborer , but soon again starts to play in the theater . In 1927, he was waiting for the first big success - the role of Dracula in the theatrical adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel , but to repeat his starring role in the film, Lugosi had to sweat pretty convincing Universal and directed by Todd Browning, the exclusivity of his candidacy. It is , however , succeeded , and after the success of the film version of Lugosi , not only received long-term contract with Universal, but also was naturalized , officially becoming " American . " The studio, however , used only actor in the roles of villains in their horror and Hungarian Lugosi accent that had become a part of his image , did not allow to expand the " creative palette . This, in part , and it became one of the reasons for the gradual decline of his career, which contributed to the following factors: in 1936 at Universal changed management, which temporarily stopped issuing new horror , as in Britain, a ban on their rent. Lugosi , respectively , attributed to the unit, produce a cheap B- movies, where the actor used in small roles , in fact , only by exploiting a " star name ". Second Chance it fell in 1939 , with the film " Son of Frankenstein »(« Son of Frankenstein »), and mid- forties , he regularly played in low-budget production Universal and independent producer Sam Katzman (Sam Katzman), but by the end of the decade it health deteriorated , and doctors prescribed him pain medication, initially normal , and then opiates . This was the beginning of the end for an actor , because the more he depended on drugs , which later added alcohol , the smaller roles, he suggested. It was during this difficult period of his life with Lugosi meets Ed Wood, offering a role in ultradeshevyh productions , from which the unemployed and poverty-stricken "star " can not refuse . In Wood's Lugosi starred in «Glen or Glenda» and «Bride of the Monster», then went into rehab , becoming the first " star ", publicly declared his drug addiction and reshivsheysya for treatment. Hearing about the plight of " Dracula ", Frank Sinatra, not only financed his treatment , but also regularly visited the clinic, than seriously surprised Belo , who previously knew him he was not. Often dropped in the hospital and Ed Wood, who dreamed of and more to rent the "star " in his productions . His dream , however , did not come true , for soon after leaving the hospital , the sixteenth in August 1956 year , Lugosi died of a heart attack ...
He was buried in his favorite actor vampire costume , but even after his death, he was able to " play " with Wood in his "Plan 9 ". How ? It's very simple . Shortly before his death , Wood took a few minutes with Lugosi in his vampire costume in front of the house Thor Johnson , planning to use the episode to its future vampire movie. However, funding for it, he was never found , and when subsequently appeared on the horizon "Plan 9 " , originally called «Graverobbers From Outer Space», Wood just wrote the place character Lugosi , hiring a doctor of his wife as a backup Bela, but to the viewer not suspected spoofing the whole movie , this is the doctor goes with half- face , portraying the evil vampire: ) Here are brilliant and worked in his trash- intoxicated Wood , using every opportunity to give their "masterpieces" commercial appeal .
Barton , who took to heart the theme of sincere friendship with the young director of the legendary horror star ( near the Tim something similar happened with the cult actor Vincent Price (Vincent Price)), in addition to comic and dramatic episodes in his film still showed excellent legendary methods of Wood And enthusiasm is enough to have to shoot at twenty to thirty scenes a day , while the other directors were barely able to master only one. However , such a quick operation is achieved very simply - Wood almost never made more than one take, even if there were obvious mistakes that allowed him to finish shooting period sometimes within a few days! Burton film not only quite accurately describes the lifestyle and the history of Wood's three most famous of his films (" Glen or Glenda , Bride of the Monster " (maiden name - «Bride of the Atom») and "Plan 9 from Outer Space " ) removed , among other things , the operator of color-blind (!!!), but also reproduces many details of these episodes , and all the actors are selected in such a way as to have maximum resemblance to the prototypes . For example, Jeffrey Jones strikingly similar to the " surprising Krisvela ; then- mistress and muse Barton, Lisa Marie, has an exceptional resemblance to a vampire; wrestler George " Animal " Steele did not distinguish from the Thor Johnson, a duck , Bill Murray, well, just exactly like Bunny Breckinridge ! However, they all outdid Martin Landau , in the makeup of the legendary special effects wizard Rick Baker (Rick Baker) well, just exactly like Bela Lugosi . For this brilliant role , by the way , the actor received an Oscar in the category «Best Actor in a Supporting Role», and Rick Baker - another Oscar for makeup ( he is already the third one ). It is fair to say that genius has played in this movie not only by Landau , but in general , all participants productions , starting with the great talent Johnny Depp and ending with a great wrestler George Steele . Just the characters in the life of Wood crept so juicy and bright, that they play for the actors was evident pleasure , and Barton with equal pleasure relish crazy details vudovskih productions , such as an episode of nocturnal abduction of a rubber octopus with a warehouse Republic Studios, which severed his leg in the process . Octopus needed a director for one of the episodes of " Bride of the Monster ", and when it became clear that the motor to activate the " monster " grab forgotten , Wood Lugosi just asked to pretend that the animal suffocates its tentacles . The actor, of course, agreed , beginning to flounder in the arms of a rubber octopus , screaming hysterically ... ;) just as good and the time of filming of the legendary " Plan 9 " , where " pilots " sitting on stools at the suburban backdrop curtains under the shower (it was meant to symbolize the cab ), and flying saucers over Hollywood model depict painted car hoods, suspended on the fishing line . In fact , by the way , this myth about himself Wood came up with shields , considering it a good PR, while in reality were used cheap toy model , purchased in the near children's store.
Most of the events shown in the film, despite its strangeness , in fact occurred in reality , although some writers that deliberately distorted. For example , Thor Johnson, Burton film "opens" for the movie is Wood, although in reality the wrestler began acting in small roles as much from 1934 , and his siblings at the time of the premiere of " Plan 9 " has long been older people , and not plump children, as shown in the film. Bunny Breckinridge in Barton is shown as a longtime friend of Wood's , although in fact they had met only shortly before the filming of the "Plan 9 " - introduced them to each other Paul Marco , who, in turn, introduced the Voodoo " Amazing Krisvel . Many facts about the later life Lugosi were deliberately distorted for the sake of artistic conception of Barton, as well as the ending tape , in which the grand premiere of " Plan 9 " is held in a luxurious and prestigious theater Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, while in reality the film was released only three years after the end of filming , and his modest premiered at the Carlton Theatre in Los Angeles. In addition, Wood has never met his idol Orson Wells in a small diner Musso & Frank Grill, and this scene was inserted into the film is clearly to show the common problems of the two directors, in spite of the enormous difference in their status. Well, of course , the authors chose to keep silent about the further life director, who in the sixties rolled to cheap pornography, and by the end of life became an alcoholic and 10th December 1978 year died from heart failure at the age of 54 years without a penny ...
Such a tragic fate , however, would have interfered with the optimistic finale tape Barton, so further problems in the director's final credits are mentioned only in passing , and the film ends on a proposal of Kathy O'Hara, hands and hearts. Katie , whose role went to Patricia Arket , hold with Ed whole life , and die only in June of 2006 , having survived her husband for 28 years .
For this project , Tim Burton chose the correct and obvious strategy - stylized black-and -white movies of the fifties, what happened with him, as always, brilliant. The film is quite simple, with no special complex camera tricks and special effects, background music composer Howard Shore (Howard Shore, the only time that Tim has worked with Danny Elfmanom ) skillfully adapted to the individual musical standards of cheap horror and science fiction of the fifties, with a deliberately pretentious pipe loss and abundant use of theremin . Combined with first class directing Burton and outstanding performance of different actors , all together it creates a stunning effect of immersion in the era of cheap movies of the fifties, when things were possible now, absolutely unbelievable ! The audience , however , is a brilliant movie is not appreciated, and the 623 's screen was a hit and pathetic 6,000,000 . But at the Oscar ceremony, grabbed a picture of two Oscars ( Landau and Baker ) , was enthusiastically accepted by critics and was a resounding success on video, that is, ex post it , after all, appreciated . From my point of view , this film - one of the best in the filmography of Tim Burton's unique , and become familiar with it should anyone who has ever wondered how some history of cinema . " Ed Wood " - this was the classic, which " must know " !
Author: Sergey Merenkov