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Ed Wood, Mad Genius: A Critical Study of the Films
by Rob Craig
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 infinitesi ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by McFarland & Company
(first published 2009)
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While the author occasionally straddles the line between honest criticism and academic parody, the book does provide insight into Ed Wood's psyche and his films' place within the context of postwar American cinema. Sure, Wood's films are aesthetic and technical fiascoes, but they also reflect and sometimes subversively critique the dominant culture of the time. I would recommend this to anyone who's interested in B-films and the history of cinema in the 1950s and 60s, or to beleaguered academici ...more