History Film / EdWood

17th Jul '17 11:54:22 AM Thorion
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* TruthInTelevision: The colorblind stagehand being asked his opinion on the two dresses is intended to be a MediumAwareness gag about the film's black-and-white photography (actually used because nobody knew what Bela Lugosi looked like in color), but in the early days of black-and-white studio films, colorblind people were hired to determine how colored objects appeared in greyscale.

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* TruthInTelevision: The colorblind stagehand being asked his opinion on the two dresses is intended to be a MediumAwareness gag about the film's black-and-white photography (actually used because nobody knew what Bela Lugosi looked like in color), photography, but in the early days of black-and-white studio films, colorblind people were hired to determine how colored objects appeared in greyscale.
21st May '17 8:30:55 PM zoop
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* {{Bookends}}: The film begins and ends with Criswell.
11th Mar '17 8:44:54 PM NWolfman
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* AssociatedComposer: Averted. This is one of only two Creator/TimBurton films that Creator/DannyElfman did not score, the other being ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet''. [[note]]Elfman was going through a minor CreatorBreakdown at the time, as he was attempting to juggle his exploding film scoring career while still fronting Music/OingoBoingo. He left the band shortly thereafter to score films full-time and immediately reunited with Burton for ''Film/MarsAttacks''. Howard Shore opted to recreate the music scores from Wood's films for the soundtrack, such as the sweeping music from ''Glen or Glenda''.[[/note]]

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* AssociatedComposer: Averted. This is one of only two Creator/TimBurton films that Creator/DannyElfman did not score, the other being ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet''. [[note]]Elfman was going through a minor CreatorBreakdown at the time, as he was attempting to juggle his exploding film scoring career while still fronting Music/OingoBoingo. He left the band shortly thereafter to score films full-time and immediately reunited with Burton for ''Film/MarsAttacks''. Howard Shore opted to recreate the music scores from Wood's films for the soundtrack, such as the sweeping music from ''Glen or Glenda''.[[/note]]


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* InTheStyleOf: Howard Shore's score recreates many of the musical cues from Ed Wood's films, such as the sweeping music from ''Glen or Glenda''.


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* LighterAndSofter: Closer with Tim Burton's earlier comedy films than his more recent ''Batman'' films. At least part of this is because of the backlash he received from how borderline nihilistic ''Film/BatmanReturns'' was.
7th Feb '17 4:26:49 PM MarkLungo
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* VillainyFreeVillain: In the DVD commentary, even Burton himself points out that though the Baptist producers are antagonists in the film their point of view is entirely sympathetic and justifiable: They're justly concerned that Wood is spending their money making...well, Plan 9.
* WhenPropsAttack: The notorious rubber octopus incident in ''Film/BrideOfTheMonster'' is dramatised within the film.

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* VillainyFreeVillain: In the DVD commentary, DVDCommentary, even Burton himself points out that though the Baptist producers are antagonists in the film their point of view is entirely sympathetic and justifiable: They're justly concerned that Wood is spending their money making...well, Plan 9.
''Plan 9'.
* WhenPropsAttack: The notorious rubber octopus incident in from the filming of ''Film/BrideOfTheMonster'' is dramatised within the film.
7th Feb '17 2:30:54 PM LondonKdS
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* WhenPropsAttack: The notorious rubber octopus incident in ''Film/BrideOfTheMonster'' is dramatised within the film.
24th Jan '17 3:12:35 PM AnotherGuy
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-->'''Bela:''' I think she's a honey. Look at those ''jugs''!
24th Jan '17 3:11:46 PM AnotherGuy
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* YourCostumeNeedsWork: A weird version, as a rehab nurse is startled by Bela, saying he looks like that Dracula guy.
24th Jan '17 3:06:27 PM AnotherGuy
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* AssociatedComposer: Averted. This is one of only two Creator/TimBurton films that Creator/DannyElfman did not score, the other being ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet''. [[note]]Elfman was going through a minor CreatorBreakdown at the time, as he was attempting to juggle his exploding film scoring career while still fronting Music/OingoBoingo. He left the band shortly thereafter to score films full-time and immediately reunited with Burton for ''Film/MarsAttacks''.[[/note]]

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* AssociatedComposer: Averted. This is one of only two Creator/TimBurton films that Creator/DannyElfman did not score, the other being ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet''. [[note]]Elfman was going through a minor CreatorBreakdown at the time, as he was attempting to juggle his exploding film scoring career while still fronting Music/OingoBoingo. He left the band shortly thereafter to score films full-time and immediately reunited with Burton for ''Film/MarsAttacks''. Howard Shore opted to recreate the music scores from Wood's films for the soundtrack, such as the sweeping music from ''Glen or Glenda''.[[/note]]
7th Jan '17 8:27:36 PM AnotherGuy
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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Dolores Fuller comes off the worst in the movie. In real life, she lived with Ed out of wedlock (scandalous even in Hollywood back in the 50's) and adored Bela Lugosi (she was of Hungarian descent herself), cooking him goulash the way he liked it. She only left Ed because his alcoholism and transvestism were obviously not going to get better and wound up with a more successful entertainment career than the rest of his posse.

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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Dolores Fuller comes off the worst in the movie. In real life, she lived with Ed out of wedlock (scandalous even in Hollywood back in the 50's) and adored Bela Lugosi (she was of Hungarian descent herself), cooking him goulash the way he liked it. She only left Ed because his alcoholism and transvestism were obviously not going to get better and wound up with a more successful entertainment career than the rest of his posse. His last words to Wood? "Ed-die, take good care of Do-lor-es." (They had broken up by that time.)
14th Dec '16 7:51:43 AM NWolfman
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* UnbuiltTrope: Played with. Bela Lugosi ''was'' the first celebrity to publicly announce that he admitted himself to rehabilitation, but by 1994, it had become such a norm that the truncated "rehab" had officially entered the public vernacular, and there was concern that audiences wouldn't make the connection between "rehabilitation" (which by the 90s was more commonly used to refer to people recovering from severe injuries) and "rehab." They compromise by having Bela start to say "The first celebrity to be admitted to rehab-," before cutting himself off with a coughing fit.

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* UnbuiltTrope: Played with. Bela Lugosi ''was'' the first celebrity to publicly announce that he admitted himself to rehabilitation, but by rehabilitation for substance abuse. By 1994, it had become such a norm however, tabloid stories of drugged-up celebrities getting clean were so common that the truncated "rehab" had officially entered the public vernacular, and there was concern that audiences wouldn't make the connection between while "rehabilitation" (which by the 90s was more commonly used to refer often referred to people recovering from severe injuries) and "rehab." They compromise injuries. Because there were concerns about whether modern audiences would know the difference between the two, the film compromises by having Bela start to say "The first celebrity to be admitted to rehab-," before cutting himself off with a coughing fit.
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