Plan 9 from Outer Space, 1959, Ed Wood (Foto: Cinémathèque Suisse)

Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

Studio: Valiant Pictures; Regie, Drehbuch: Ed Wood; Kamera: William C. Thompson; Darsteller: Gregory Walcott, Mona McKinnon, Duke Moore, Tom Keene, Carl Anthony, Tor Johnson, Bela Lugosi. 35mm, sw, 80 min
 
Man mag selbst darüber urteilen, ob Plan 9 from Outer Space, wie mit gewissem Stolz behauptet wird, tatsächlich "der schlechteste US-Film aller Zeiten" ist. Ursprünglich von Programmkinos als erheiterndes Interludium gezeigt, wuchs im Lauf der Jahrzehnte eine beachtliche Fangemeinde heran, die dem Film einen mittlerweile legendären Ruf gesichert hat. Würdigen muss man die etwa anderthalb Minuten, die Bela Lugosi im Film absolviert, obwohl sie vom Regisseur für ein anderes Projekt geplant waren. Nach dem plötzlichen Tod des Schauspielers wurden die Szenen kurzerhand für Plan 9 from Outer Space "umgewidmet". (C. F.)


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It may be impossible to extricate Edward D. Wood Jr.'s toofamous film from the noxious mixture of mock awe, real awe, familiarity, and condescension in which it has lain floating since it was rediscovered (as, supposedly, one of the worst movies ever made) not long after its author's miserable death in 1978. If anything still remains to be said about Plan 9 from Outer Space, perhaps it's that the film manages to pull itself together and make an almost coherent (if insane) statement, even though its various parts always seem to be trying to separate from one another: the nonexistent sets; the assortment of professional, quasi-professional, and nonprofessional actors; Wood's fervent, crackpot dialogue. Tribute should also be paid to Bela Lugosi's performance in the minute-and-a-half or so of footage (shot by Wood for another project that was abandoned after the actor's death in 1956) that the filmmaker salvaged for Plan 9. In what looks like an absolute vacuum of plot context, Lugosi uses all the resources at his command to impose a last double image of himself: grieving, hapless widower and Satanic overlord, proud in ignoble defeat. Though not more than the sketch of a performance, Lugosi's footage is a triumph of acting craft and personal mythology over the inane self-imitation to which a once illustrious career had found itself reduced. (Chris Fujiwara)
 

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