Glen or Glenda

Glen or Glenda ★★★★½

my trans girl vibes:

ed wood's daring, way-ahead-of-its-time artsploitation anti-masterpiece is one of the most working-class art films you'll ever see and much more. yes, people laugh at it, but it's so personal and fascinating. of course, stuff like "plan 9 from outer space" brought me in the direction of this movie, so, despite the unintentional (and, very occasionally, effectively deliberate) humor, i had no real idea what a twingefest i was in for. and what a twingefest it is, piled high with anxieties and earnestness, and spiked with silliness, surrealism, and fetishistic perversion. the transvestites, the sex change, the social pressures, the religious fears, the relationship and family issues, the odd excuses, the random bdsm loops, the philosophical narration, the hamfisted symbolism and juxtaposition, the random and cryptic wisdom of bela lugosi, the crazy and drawn-out dream sequence... all these things hit together in one big twingegasm. this was disconcerting stuff for me when i first saw it, but it's been a favorite of mine for a very long time.

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