Wednesday, 22 June 2011

The Good The Bad And Ed Wood

It is very interesting if one considers the vast array of films and the assorted quality that ranges from the worst to the best. With this in mind I had the pleasure of being introduced to one of the worst directors by the means of Tim Burton’s fantastical biography, Ed Wood (1994).

This comedy-drama biopic, starring Johnny Depp as Ed Wood was awarded with 19 official wins and 12 nominations (including 2 Oscars). This underlines the pure irony which epitomizes the life and times of the real Ed Wood. Edward Davis Wood Jr. (1924 − 1978), assigned himself as director, producer, actor, author and editor. As if performed, Wood almost literally waltzed through the flimmaking process and notoriously finished a feature film in the matter of 5 days. Known for the poor quality of his blatantly staged special effects and lifeless actors, Wood earned a considerable cult following in the days following his death.

Despite Wood’s Golden Turkey Award for Worst Director this cult following has shed new light on Ed Wood and his film career. Since ‘bad’ became ‘good’ in this case, it seems like the borders between good and bad has shifted a considerable amount.

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