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Ed Wood, Mad Genius : A Critical Study of the Films - Rob Craig

Ed Wood, Mad Genius

A Critical Study of the Films

By: Rob Craig

Paperback Published: 1st July 2009
ISBN: 9780786439553
Number Of Pages: 314
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Filmmaker Ed Wood was controversial and critically maligned, even labeled "the worst director of all time," yet he achieved cult status and remains of great interest today. This book frames Wood's work, such as the cross-dressing themed Glen or Glenda? and the haphazard Bride of the Monster, as reflections of the culture of their era. Wood invariably worked with infinitesimal budgets, shooting at breakneck speed, incorporating plot twists that defied all logic. Yet there was a tangible if unfocused thematic thrust to Wood's films, which meditate fitfully on gender, religion and society, revealing a "holy trinity" of fixations--sex, death and resurrection. Wood's infamous Plan 9 From Outer Space encapsulates the fixations and flaws that were his hallmarks, and with 22 other films, is explored here. A filmography and 51 photographs are included.

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"serious study...long overdue"--VideoScope; "fascinating reading"--Standard-Examiner.

ISBN: 9780786439553
ISBN-10: 0786439556
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 314
Published: 1st July 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.55 x 17.83  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.57

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