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This Saturday: EDWARD D. WOOD, JR.

Ed Wood's storied career represents the triumph of unbridled enthusiasm over negligible ability, and his arguable status as the "Worst Filmmaker of All Time" has brought him posthumous acclaim in both the film and art worlds - a recognition hardly imaginable to the man who died penniless and unknown in the late 1970s. Wood's cinematic vision (for lack of a better term) encompassed garage-level production values, ludicrous plots, performances alternately wooden and manic, dialogue full of raging non-sequiturs, and a total disregard for the niceties of craft, continuity, logic and plausibility. Whatever his defects as a filmmaker - and they are legion - Wood's films are never dull, and in fact are far more entertaining and enduring than most of their big-budget Hollywood brethren.


This Saturday's Movies - 7/30/2016
4:00 PM
Upon discovering the suicide of a known transvestite, the police inspector seeks enlightenment from a psychiatrist familiar with the phenomenon.

(USA, 1953, B&W, 62 min, dir. Edward D. Wood Jr., wiht Edward D. Wood Jr. & Dolores Fuller)

5:15 PM
10:30 PM
Dr. Varnoff captures twelve men for his experiment: to turn them into supermen using atomic energy. Newspaperwoman Lawton gets too snoopy for her own good.

(USA, 1955, B&W, 68 min, dir. Edward D. Wood Jr., with Bela Lugosi & Tor Johnson)

6:30 PM
Famous for being the Worst film of all time, this sci-fi thriller tells the story of what happens when evil aliens attack Earth and set their terrible Plan 9 in action. As the aliens resurrect the dead of the Earth to destroy the living.

(USA, 1959, B&W, 79m, dir. Edward D. Wood, Jr., with Bela Lugosi, Vampira & Tor Johnson)

8:00 PM
Famous for being the Worst Film of all time, this sci-fi thriller is about what happens when evil aliens attack Earth and set their terrible Plan 9 in action. As the aliens resurrect the dead of the Earth to destroy the living. Commentator Michael Nelson (Mystery Science Theater 3000) adds to the general hilarity.

(USA, 1959, B&W, 79m, dir. Edward D. Wood, Jr., with Bela Lugosi, Vampira & Tor Johnson, With Narration by Michael Nelson)
9:30 PM
A newspaper publisher's daughter suffers from neglect by her parents and turns to crime.

(USA, 1956, B&W, 57 min, dir. William M. Morgan and Edward D. Wood Jr., with Jean Moorehead & Barbara Weeks)



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