The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a. Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical.
Helena Bonham Carter,
Because of his eccentric habits and bafflingly strange films, director Edward D. Wood Jr. is a Hollywood outcast. Nevertheless, with the help of the formerly famous Bela Lugosi and a devoted cast and crew of show-business misfits who believe in Ed's off-kilter vision, the filmmaker is able to bring his oversize dreams to cinematic life. Despite a lack of critical or commercial success, Ed and his friends manage to create an oddly endearing series of extremely low-budget films. Written by
At the end of the film, when Plan 9 is being shown in the theater, the voice-over narration behind the Lugosi character lamenting his late wife is the actual voice of Criswell from the original soundtrack. See more »
Dolores' hairdo changes between the time of her fit at the party and the time she's outside and Ed is running after her. See more »
[arriving for her scenes in "Bride of the Monster"]
Well, I see the usual cast of misfits and dope addicts are here.
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Burton's grand masterpiece, too bad so few have noticed
As one of the most overlooked films ever made, "Ed Wood" does for Tim
what "Malcolm X" did for Spike Lee and "JFK" did for Oliver Stone, it
any expectations one can have of Tim Burton, because he has set a standard
here that he will never achieve again. An interest in the period in which
it is set is essential, given the set decoration is the film's greatest
triumph. It's not surprising that Burton's first "biopic" is about
revered in the b-movie heyday of the 1950s - that spawned Burton himself.
Burton must have felt he had to make this picture because without
like Ed Wood, Burton himself would have never existed. Set in seedy
Hollywood in the mid 1950s - and wisely and beautifully shot in
black-and-white, Johnny Depp plays the titular character; a young,
talentless, but optimistic auteur who dreams of being a film director;
so far as to model himself after his idol, Orson Welles. Despite an
over-reliance on stock footage, a tin ear for dialogue, and a fondness for
wacky, exploitative horror and sci-fi fare, Wood wiggles his way into
B-moviedom. Casting anyone willing to step before his camera, Wood cranks
out a series of cheesy movies.
When he has a chance encounter with horror film legend Bela Lugosi, now a
year-old, foul-mouthed morphine addict wrecked by his lost fame, Ed sees
meal-ticket. Quick for his next fix, Lugosi doesn't seem to mind that Wood
is also an out-and-proud transvestite with a particular fondness for
sweaters, and soon begins starring in Wood's features. Lugosi, played by
Martin Landau, gives the story its biggest jolts of energy. Landau is
hysterical in scene after scene utilizing the "dirty old man" routine.
Remember, there is nothing funnier on earth than an old man who likes
profanity. A gentle - albeit somewhat fictionalized - bond forms between
Wood and Lugosi. Depp does a spectacular job of fleshing out Wood's
innocence and unbridled passion for moviemaking. This may also be the
Johnny Depp film where you actually see him smile!
What ultimately makes this film so stellar is the impeccable production
costume design and the crisp B&W cinematography; it literally transports
back to the clean-cut, wide-eyed days of the 1950s. I cannot recommend
film enough if you have an interest in the world of 1950s B-movies that
produced titles like "Teenagers From Outer Space" and "Project Moonbase".
This film functions quite well as a time warp. I liken "Ed Wood" to epics
like "JFK" because like those films, this movie doesn't seem to be about
what happens as much as how it FEELS to be there; and that's what draws me
to the film every time I see it. With "Ed Wood", I'm not always
in following the story, but I'm totally fascinated with being inside that
world. Tim Burton did the best job that anyone could in taking you
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