This odd and eccentric biopic about an equally odd and eccentric filmmaker shows Burton and Depp at the peak of their creative power and collaborative energy. Wood was the notorious cross-dressing creator of schlocky horror and sci-fi films of the 1950s. Like Wood's films—cobbled together clumsily, composed of often incongruous elements, and acted with all of the talent of an elementary school play—Ed Wood has the energy of a low-budget 1950s independently-produced film. It is as much homage to Wood's filmmaking style as it is a biographical treatment of his life. Peopled by an excellent supporting cast—notably Martin Landau as the legendary Bela Lugosi—and, uncharacteristically for Burton, shot in black and white, Ed Wood is a crackling comedy with a tender touch. "Burton's most personal and provocative movie to date... Outrageously entertaining, the picture stands as a successful outsider's tribute to a failed kindred spirit. Wood was ignored in life and mocked in death. Burton isn't asking for tears or even a reassessment... he asks instead that we see Wood and his misfit menagerie as part of a community in the exhilarating business of making movies. For Burton, genius isn't the point. Vision is, along with a gusto to communicate that seems to have vanished in the age of merchandising."—Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.
Bing Theater | $10 general admission. $7 museum members, seniors (62+), students with valid ID.
Introduction by Tim Burton!
Please note early start time.
Preceded by Vincent
Commissioned by Disney while Burton apprenticed in the studio's animation department, this expressionistic stop-motion short about a suburban boy with a macabre fascination for Vincent Price is narrated, in verse, by Price himself.
1982/b&w/6 min. | Scr/dir: Tim Burton; w/ Vincent Price.