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American Cinematheque Presents "Ed Wood" at The Aero

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    The great Martin Landau appears alongside the screenwriters of "Ed Wood," tonight at The Aero in Santa Monica.

    The charms of Tim Burton's "Ed Wood" are many, but the greatest of them all springs from the real-life can-do spirit of the director the bio-pic is based on (that Ed Wood was so sweetly imagined by Johnny Depp is a help, too). Though Ed Wood was drawn to darker subject matters, his pluck and gee-whiz-ness kept his monster-riddled visions alive and his ragtag group of players on their feet.

    Burton's black-and-white love letter to B movies, and one B-movie king in particular, is always a treat on the big screen -- gorgeous and shadowy, and the props that are meant to look cheapo look extra cheapo (like the giant rubber octopus) on such a large scale. Not to mention that the film includes one Bill Murray, who just happens to be in one of the funniest, weirdest scenes in movie history, the swimming-pool baptisms.

    Bigger than all that, however, are the special guests at tonight's screening: Oscar winner Martin Landau, who plays an aging Bela Lugosi in the film, will make an appearance, as will the film's screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.

    Wednesday, November 5, 7:30PM
    $10
    Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica
    310-260-1528