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Ed Wood is a American biographical comedy-drama film directed and produced by Tim but is unsuccessful since Weiss wants a director with experience. Wood meets his longtime idol Bela Lugosi and the two become friends. Wood. Bela Lugosi was born Béla Ferenc Dezsö Blaskó on October 20, , he and Boris Karloff did not hate each other, as the famous scene from Ed Wood . ( ) and (2) Lugosi played Frankenstein's Monster in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf. In , Tim Burton directed Ed Wood, telling the story of the infamous It has been 55 years since the release of Plan 9 From Outer Space, and it's been Landau watched the film Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla three times Instead of making a full biopic of Wood's life from childhood to death, the.
Also, one can compare the first scene Bela is in — him in a coffin trying it on for size. But aside from the obvious, there is no difference between the two shots — between reality and make-believe — inside and outside the film.
I think it would have been easy to tell this story by simply making a spoof about making bad films and the people it takes to make them. Burton does that but amid the chaos, sense of humor and fast pace, he makes sure heart is always present. He never goes out of character and his intensity in playing this eccentric man is great. In his first scene in the movie, when he and Ed Wood meet for the first time, Lugosi is trying out coffins for size. Even the small gesture of throwing the bottle of scotch back and forth to the cameraman in the near dark shows this is not a man who feels old at that moment.
He has no trouble seeing, his aim is perfect — he feels and acts young and invincible. Martin Landau won the Best Supporting actor Academy Award for his portrayal of Bela Lugosi in the film as well as many other well-deserved accolades.
In particular the make-up done to make Martin Landau look like Bela Lugosi. He really does look like the real actor and looks very little like the real Martin Landau.
As with other aspects of this film, the make-up is often exaggerated. Perhaps this is due to the fact that it is a black and white film and the make-up has to stand out but it is very effective in capturing the eccentricities of these characters. Very simple make-up would have not given the same effect.
In the scene at the hospital when Ed is helping Bela off the bed, Bela is lying there as if he was dead in a coffin and the make-up accentuates this pose. It is extreme to make sure he looks like a corpse at that moment. She tells him he misunderstood her and that she never had that money. He exaggerates his eye brow movements, for instance, to go along with his speaking.
His face seems unnaturally animated, is the best way I can put it. Yet, despite this sometimes ridiculous physicality, he manages to portray warmth and childish enthusiasm.
Certainly a good actor in some roles I find him average in others. His portrayal of Ed Wood, however, is one of my favorites of his performances. Aside from these two main characters, I thought the rest of the cast did a good job as well. Even the bad acting is believably bad. I really liked it. Although the lights and shadows are seen throughout the movie, here are two examples that come to mind.
The first is the scene where Bela calls Ed for help for the first time. Ed and Dolores are in bed and the light comes in casting stripes of shadows across the entire room.
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I love that look, even to this extreme. Another example is when Dolores is throwing stuff across the room at Ed after he gives her part in his movie to Ms. Here the room is literally split in half — one half is in light and the other in the shadow. As with the lighting, the camera angles are often also very sharp. There is nothing subtle about them. There are many examples of this, one being when Ed Wood is in the phone booth talking to Weiss, a sleazy producer.
The camera on Wood is set really low and so the view we have of him is an extreme one from the bottom up. On the other end of the line we see Weiss and the camera on him is set high so that the view we have of him is from the top down at a sharp angle.
Here both the shadows and the camera angles are really skewed, really sharp. The camera even moves to slightly different angles during one shot of Lugosi. And, we also see quite a few times during this scene how only one side of their faces is lit at all.
I really like this dramatic way to shoot and light odd situations and odd people. It either adds credibility to the absurdity of the whole thing — or it adds absurdity to the credibility. In either case I find it effective and fun. One other scene that I think is worth mentioning because of the lighting used is the one where Ed and Cathy are in the spook house at the carnival. Set details There are certain things in film I rarely notice if they are done well.
Sets are one of these. But there are several things I notice in Ed Wood, details added to interior sets that I think are so telling to the characters that I think they should be mentioned.
A few of them, at least.Bela Lugosi.
Obviously this is very appropriate because these are his two idols and are a reminder, of sorts, that he does take his craft seriously, regardless of how others feel about it. A film worthy of a look, in particular for fans of old Hollywood.
'Wood' Tarnishes a Good Man--Lugosi
Outrageous or not, it is about making films. His father, a banker, was very strict so Bela ran away to the city of Resita at the age of eleven. He never again returned to his hometown. In Resita, Bela worked as a miner for a few years but eventually began work in the theater. He was given bit parts in plays, but was laughed off the stage most of the time.
In Lugosi attempted to return to school but stayed there for only four months. He joined a theater company and was now adored by audiences. He was subsequently accepted into the Academy of Performing Arts, and it is during this period that he changed his name to Lugosi. He began to play larger roles in larger plays and eventually became the top-billing member of the theater group. InBela Lugosi enlisted in the Hungarian army. He was discharged inafter convincing officials that he was mentally unstable.
Lugosi attempts to conduct a double suicide with Ed after the government cuts off his unemploymentbut is talked out of it. Lugosi checks himself into rehaband Wood meets Kathy O'Hara, who is visiting her father there. He takes her on a date and reveals to her his transvestism, which she accepts. Wood shoots a film with Lugosi outside his home. When Wood and company attend the premiere for Bride of the Monster, an angry mob chases them out of the theater.
Lugosi passes away, leaving Wood without a star. Wood convinces his landlord, a church leader named Reynolds, that funding Wood's script for Grave Robbers from Outer Space would result in a box office success, and generate enough money for Reynolds' dream project. Wood and the Baptists have conflicts over the title and content of the script which they want to have changed to Plan 9 from Outer Spacealong with Ed's B movie directing style, his casting decisions and his transvestism.
Wood leaves the set to go to the nearest barwhere he encounters his idol, Orson Welles. Filming for Plan 9 finishes with Ed taking action against his producers.
Cast[ edit ] Johnny Depp as Ed Wood: Burton approached Depp and "within 10 minutes of hearing about the project, I was committed," the actor remembers. By accepting this part, it gave him a "chance to stretch out and have some fun", and working with Martin Landau, "rejuvenated my love for acting". An old A-list horror film actor whom Ed brings back into the spotlight.
Rick Baker created the prosthetic makeup designs. Baker did not use extensive make-up applications, only enough to resemble Lugosi and allow Landau to use his face to act and express emotion. I felt it had to be Lugosi's theatricality, not mine. Ed's girlfriend before his relationship with Kathy. Dolores is embarrassed by Ed's transvestism, which leads to their breakup. Dolores later becomes a successful songwriter for Elvis Presley. Patricia Arquette as Kathy O'Hara: Ed's girlfriend after his relationship with Dolores.
Kathy does not have a problem with Ed's transvestism, and is eventually married to Ed. Their marriage lasts until Ed's death in Arquette met her real-life counterpart during filming. The actress found her to be "very graceful and very nice". Hostess of the local Vampira Show. She is dismissive of Ed at first, but decides to join the cast of Plan 9 from Outer Space, on the condition that she has no lines.
Jeffrey Jones as The Amazing Criswell: A local psychic TV entertainer. Criswell helps Ed with usual production duties, finding investors and acting in Ed's films. Two of Ed's all-around production assistants and frequent actors. Paul is hired to find the Lugosi stand-in for Plan 9 from Outer Space, while Conrad accidentally has a brief dispute with Lugosi during Glen or Glenda.
Bill Murray as John "Bunny" Breckinridge: A Swedish professional wrestler hired by Wood to be in two of his films, Bride of the Monster and Plan 9. Juliet Landau as Loretta King: King replaces Dolores in Bride of the Monster after Wood mistakes her for an heiress able to front the money for the production costs. Ned Bellamy as Tom Mason: Kathy's chiropractor who is chosen to be Lugosi's stand-in for Plan 9. Mike Starr as George Weiss: Foul-mouthed Z movie producer known for his work on exploitation films.
Weiss hires Ed to direct Glen or Glenda. Stanley DeSantis as Mr. Vincent D'Onofrio as Orson Welles: Appears in a cameo late in the film. Maurice LaMarche provided Welles' voice in an uncredited performance.