Wednesday, December 9 at 7:00pm | Regular admission prices
Part of our month-long Films of Tim Burton series – click here to view the schedule.
Director Tim Burton’s unabashed love for his subject makes this 1994 biopic of the director of “the worst movie ever made” (that would be Plan 9 from Outer Space) a perversely uplifting experience, although in reality its title character’s life was anything but happy.
“The strangest biographical film ever made is also one of the most charming, melancholy and quirkily humorous films in years.” – Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
Johnny Depp portrays legendary Z-movie schlock director Ed Wood, Jr. as an enthusiastic hero of the cinema, an ever-optimistic “artist” whose love for moviemaking is so intense that it almost makes the quality of his work irrelevant. While struggling on the (very) outer fringes of the 1950s Hollywood studio system to craft his no-budget, borderline-surreal bad movie classics (which, in addition to Plan 9, also include the wacky horror flick Bride of the Monster, featuring Bela Lugosi wrestling a rubber octopus, and the jaw-dropping gender confusion melodrama, Glen or Glenda?), Wood refuses to let unfinished scenes, terrible reviews or hostile studio executives derail his big-screen dreams. Featuring an all-star cast including Bill Murray, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette and Martin Landau (in an amazing, Oscar-winning performance as the tragically noble Bela Lugosi), Ed Wood is an alternately hilarious and poignant ode to outsider art and the magic of the movies. (Dir. by Tim Burton, 1994, USA, 127 mins., Rated R)