Monday, 23 April 2007

"Plan 9 From Outer Space" Photography?

I discovered these stills from Edward D. Wood Jr.'s Plan 9 from Outer Space through Bedazzled; The full set posted HERE. It struck me how well these work as photographs in their own right.

The first image is almost Lynch-ian complete with a pot of coffee. The next image is a brilliant portrait of Criswell and likewise, the last image of Tor Johnson reminds me of Irving Penn's portrait of Maurice Tillet. The third image just lingers for some reason; maybe the clearly visible backdrop lifts it into the surreal?

Some credit should go to cinematographer William C. Thompson who despite being colour blind, managed to do some magic among the mayhem. His career started in 1914 with the film Absinthe(FR/UK). William died in 1963, two years after finishing The Sinister Urge, another collaboration with Edward D. Wood Jr.

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