03 August 2010

Glen or Glenda

Glen or Glenda
Glen or Glenda



On the on hand from just a movie viewing standpoint? Horrible. Even being as old as it is, I am pretty sure than a teen back then with the crude home film making equipment available to them could have done as good - or better. And yet on the 5 star scale I still have to give it the 3. Why?

Well - it's honest. Yes it has some obscure scenes. Some poorly delivered lines. But it's still a brutally honest story at its core. It's a topic that would have been so controversial for its time that for many it is STILL a controversial and uncomfortable topic today. In that sense, it was pretty dang brave to make, even if some had exploitative reasons for making it - Ed Wood didn't, and it shows. Whatever those who supported him expected, he surely didn't deliver what they wanted and instead kept it as real as possible.

Still don't confuse my use of the words honest and real for coherent. It's not that. It's all over the place. It's partly some campy B movie (Bela Lugosi the scientist and his strings), part PSA / 50s school movie (the doctor in his office explaining to a cop just what it means to be a transvestite), and part some soap opera as it follows several men (though mainly Glen) in their attempts to be accepted for who they are. 3/5 stars

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