By Rob Craig
Filmmaker Ed wooden was once debatable and severely maligned, even classified "the worst director of all time," but he accomplished cult prestige and is still of serious curiosity this day. This publication frames Wood's paintings, resembling the cross-dressing themed Glen or Glenda? and the haphazard Bride of the Monster, as reflections of the tradition in their period. wooden at all times labored with infinitesimal budgets, taking pictures at breakneck pace, incorporating plot twists that rejected all good judgment. but there has been a tangible if unfocused thematic thrust to Wood's movies, which meditate fitfully on gender, faith and society, revealing a "holy trinity" of fixations--sex, demise and resurrection. Wood's notorious Plan nine From Outer Space encapsulates the fixations and flaws that have been his hallmarks, and with 22 different movies, is explored right here. A filmography and fifty one photos are incorporated.
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Psychological and existential pain beats at the heart of Wood’s ﬁlms. With this scene, and the introduction proper of Glen-as-Glenda, Wood is perhaps sketching a salient reading (or possibly a sincere but naïve misreading) of psychologist Carl Jung’s concepts of anima and animus, the unconscious inner personalities which inhabit both male and female. The anima harbors the more intuitive, creative and feminine potentials within the male, while in the animus resides the more logical, masculine aspects of the female; in each case, these traits are either expressed or repressed, according to the subject’s psycholog- 2.
S. Jossey and Kroger Babb, is considered by many to be the seminal exploitation picture, a cynical and grisly depiction of sexual America, as seen through the unblinking eye of pseudo-educational pretense. Veteran exploitation producers knew well that 23 24 Ed Wood, Mad Genius One of several alternate release titles for Glen or Glenda? was I Led 2 Lives. 2. Glen or Glenda? (1953) 25 the audience which sought out these lurid exposés was not seeking enlightenment, but thrills, and the best of the exploitation pictures delivered this tried-and-true cinematic quotient in full measure.
Give this man satin undies, a dress, a sweater and a skirt, or even the lounging outﬁt he has on, and he’s the happiest individual in the world. He can work better, think better, he can play better, and he can be more of a credit to his community and his government because he is happy. These things are his comfort. ” Here, Wood is forcing his stated agenda, rather awkwardly, by insisting that letting men run around in women’s clothing is good for not only his own circle of friends, but society at large.