- Paperback: 231 pages
- Publisher: Feral House; Rep Sub edition (November 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0922915245
- ISBN-13: 978-0922915248
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ed Wood: Nightmare of Ecstasy (The Life and Art of Edward D. Wood, Jr.) Paperback – November 1, 1994
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Edward D. Wood, Jr. specialized in making movies that weren't really all that good.Read more ›
But time does strange things. Within a few years of his death, Wood's films began to gain a cult-following, and in 1992 Rudolph Grey published NIGHTMARE OF ECSTASY, a loosely structured "oral history" of Wood's life as related by those who knew him best: his various wives and girl friends, his actors, his employers, his friends. The book would form the basis of Tim Burton's brilliant 1994 film ED WOOD.
Wood comes off as considerably less likeable here than in Tim Burton's bio-pic, which stopped short of detailing some of his more unsavory antics--including fraud, vicious alcoholism, the occasional fit of wife-beating, and his work in pornography. The Ed Wood of the 1950s might have been fun to know, at least so long as you didn't have any money in his ventures; the Ed Wood of the 1970s, however, was someone you would might have crossed the street to avoid.
Although a number of Wood's acquaintances led solid lives and attempted to help Wood as his life spiraled out of control, by and large Wood seems to have acted as a magnet for Hollywood hustlers, riff-raff, and trash--and before too long Wood himself became indicative of Los Angeles lowlife scene.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Essential for Wood fans and lovers of cinema. It will make you laugh and cry.Published 3 months ago by Derek Ewing
Most likely this is the best book about Ed Wood published. Very well put together and fun to read. No one holds back in the bio. For fans of Ed Wood this is the book to read.Published 4 months ago by DE Burke
A friend who liked the cult black and white B movies loaned me this book. The photos were surprising; a film director wearing fluffy angora sweaters, the standard horror scenes and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Clare O'Beara
The semi-rise and fall of one of Hollywood's most notorious failures...Published 17 months ago by Cheryl A. Rice
I wouldn't call this a biography. It's a loose collection of verbatim reminiscences from various people who worked with or knew Ed Wood back in the day. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Samuel Hawley
It's the only thing you'll ever need to read on the movie business, and it may save your poor life!Published on June 14, 2014 by F J.
Cool book, came as described. Damage to cover was not as bad I thought it would be. Good companion piece with Wood's book "Hollywood Rat Race". Read morePublished on May 12, 2014 by Pork Larson