★★★★★ | Hedwig And The Angry Inch
I’ve got to say, I’m not a big fan of film musicals, but when I was introduced to Hedwig and the Angry Inch, this all changed. I’m a huge fan of John Cameron Mitchell, who plays the lead: Hedwig, a transgender entertainer who surgically changes sex in order to leave a segregated war-torn Germany for a life of stardom (she hoped) in the USA.
The film follows Hedwig and her merry bunch of band mates following Tommy Gnosis, a world famous rock star, whom she wrote songs with before he got famous. Gnosis, once famous, denies Hedwig’s existence.
The music is bitter sweet, with toe thumpers: “Wig In A Box” and thought-provoking ballads, like “The Origin Of Love”.
At the core of this bright and brilliantly directed piece is a sad iconic transgender person, whose hair (slightly resembling a late Farah Fawcett) is looking for recognition, both for her music and for her Angry Inch…
The soundtrack is a sound buy!
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