|Fig. 1 Ed Wood poster|
A 1994 film directed by Tim Burton, Ed Wood is a biopic (biographical film) that explores the career of one of the most notorious film makers in cinema, Edward D. Wood Jnr. Wood produced his fair share of films throughout his career, none of which reaching success. However some of his most well known works such as "Plan 9 From Outer Space" quickly became cult classics following his death in 1978. The film follows Ed Wood (Johnny Depp) from the off set of his career, directing the film "Glen Or Glenda", finishing with the premiere of "Plan 9 From Outer Space".
Tim Burton strives for authenticity in Ed Wood. In his recreation of Wood's career, Burton has the film remakes including "Glen Or Glenda" and "Plan 9 From Outer Space", mimic the originals down to each detail, making sure that everything Wood put into the originals was in his own. This included things from characters and cast to sets and costumes. Even the mishaps from Wood's films are incorporated into Burton's remakes. Below are two shots from the same moment in "Glen Or Glenda", first Ed Wood's original and then Tim Burton's remake:
|Fig. 2 Glen or Glenda (Ed Wood)|
|Fig. 3 Glen Or Glenda (Tim Burton)|
On top of the authenticity that Burton achieves in Ed Wood he also brings in his fascination with 1950's B-movies. Burton chose to film the Ed Wood in black and white as his attempt to revive a filmic style that he enjoys. And due to the nature of the film it fits quite nicely; wood made low budget B-movies and Burton, in his biopic has used a part of that style to bring the feel of the film full circle.
List of Illustrations
Figure 1. Ed Wood (1994) Ed Wood Poster.
At: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Wood_(film) (Accessed on 21/09/11)
Figure 2. Glen or Glenda (1953) Glen or Glenda (Ed Wood).
At: http://fredrikfyhriallmanhet.wordpress.com/arkiv-och-lager/recensioner-och-dylikt/engelska-recensioner/glen-or-glenda/ (Accessed on 21/09/11)
Figure 3. Ed Wood (1994) Glen Or Glenda (Tim Burton).
(Accessed on 21/09/11)
AFR (-) Ed Wood
At: http://www.anthonysfilmreview.com/Film/E/Ed_Wood.htm (Accessed on 21/09/11)
Minadream (-) Tim Burton Interviewed By Gavin Smith
At: http://minadream.com/timburton/EdWoodInterview.htm (Accessed on 21/09/11)