990 Fall 2019 The Worst Movie Director of All Time: The Life and Films of Edward D. Wood
Wednesday, 2:15–3:40, Oct. 30
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 1994 biopic Ed Wood, 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 4:00 in the morning.
Jim Dunphy is a retired federal attorney and colonel in the US Army Reserve. He has taught a number of OLLI classes on music, history, and baseball. While an avid moviegoer, he never misses an opportunity to dive into the world of bad movie-making.