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Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton’s Ed Wood [language NSFW]:
By the way, Ed Wood, a 1994 biopic about the consensus Worst Director Ever, is perhaps the least Tim Burtonish Tim Burton movie because, rather than be involved in creating it from the ground up, Burton came on at the last moment to direct an excellent screenplay by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski. (These guys are the main creators of the miniseries The People vs. O.J. Simpson that we’ve been talking about here lately.)
Burton is very adept at the basic blocking and tackling of directing, so the combination of a good script, good cast, and Tim Burton worked very well even on a small budget and a quick production time. Of course, most movies Burton makes reflect more of Burton’s idiosyncratic auteur vision with lots of Burtonish art direction. After three decades and countless movies, audiences are getting a little tired of that, but that doesn’t mean Burton’s style wasn’t highly original 30 years ago.