R105 Summer 2018 Edward D. Wood: The Worst Movie Director of All Time
Monday, 9:40–11:05, June 18
Instructor: Jim Dunphy
A spirited debate can take place over who was the greatest movie director of all time—John Ford, Frank Capra, Otto Preminger, or many other candidates. But, when it comes to the worst movie director of all time, there is absolute unanimity—Edward D. Wood. We will look at Wood’s amazing life—which included storming Tarawa with the Marines while wearing women’s underwear. We will also consider his three cinematic “masterpieces”—Bride of the Monster, Glen or Glenda, and his greatest work, Plan Nine from Outer Space. We will look at members of his company, including the final works of Bela Lugosi. Finally, we will consider the Academy Award-winning Tim Burton’s 1994 bio pic and look at how Burton captured not only Wood’s spirit but also his wide cast of characters. After this class, you will know what to watch when an Edward D. Wood production comes on your TV at four in the morning.
Jim Dunphy is a retired federal attorney and colonel in the US Army Reserve. He has taught OLLI classes in music, history, and baseball. While an avid movie goer, he never misses an opportunity to dive into the world of bad movie-making.