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||IMDB Rating: 4.1/10 from 6,377 votes
||Release: April 1953 (USA) /
||Genre: Comedy, Drama
||Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.,
||Stars: 'Tommy' Haynes, Bela Lugosi, Charles Crafts, Conrad Brooks, Dolores Fuller, Edward D. Wood Jr., Lyle Talbot, Timothy Farrell
||Synopsis: "Glen or Glenda" tells two stories. One is about Glen, who secretly dresses as a woman but is afraid to tell his fiancée, Barbara. The other is about Alan, a pseudohermaphrodite who undergoes a painful operation to become a woman. Both stories are told by Dr. Alton, who also delivers an earnest lecture on tolerance and understanding. There is a second narrator, called the Scientist, whose commentary on the action contains more philosophical pronouncements than facts. The movie also has flashbacks-within-flashbacks and a strange dream sequence. We meet Insp. Warren, whose investigation of a transvestite's suicide leads him to learn more about men in women's clothes; Johnny, whose wife left him when she discovered what he wears when she's away; Barbara, oblivious to Glen's desire to wear her angora sweater; Satan, who invades Glen's nightmare; and others. Meanwhile, the Scientist will only offer cryptic advice. "Beware!" he warns. "Beware of the big, green dragon that sits on your ... Written by J. Spurlin
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Ed Wood was one of the greatest moviemakers in film history. Could he
direct? Not really. Were his movies technical masterpieces? Could his
actors act? Did he have huge budgets? No. We're here fifty years later,
talking about him, because he created worlds on film nobody had ever
seen before or since. His characters talked like nobody we've ever
heard before (though there are strong echoes in the works of Hartley
and Lynch). And unlike every Hollywood movie ever made, Ed ripped open
his heart and poured it out on the screen. Never more so than in "Glen
Or Glenda," his original avant-garde masterpiece.
Avant-garde? You heard me. What is the definition of avant-garde film?
Some attributes are unconventional narrative, unique visual style,
radical rejection of artistic or social norms, an often willful
disregard for reality. Gloria Floren said "Avant-garde films are often
iconoclastic, mocking conventional morality and traditional values; the
filmmaker's intense interest in eccentricities and extremes may shock
viewers. Indeed, the avant-garde film maker's purpose may be to wake
or shake up the audience from the stupor of ordinary consciousness or
the doldrums of conventional perspective."
Imagine if people viewed "Un Chien Andalou" or "Meshes Of The
Afternoon" or "Eraserhead" with fratboy derision instead of holy
reverence. They'd be viewed as unwatchable nonsense too. Everybody'd
have a good snark watching for continuity errors and bad camera moves.
Does "Glen or Glenda" rise to the level of those classics? Time will
tell, but try this experiment: watch it as if it were, and see. The
results may surprise you.
Here are some hints. Lugosi is not a mad scientist--he's God, looking
down upon twisted human morality and "pulling the strings". The "green
eyed monster" that "eats little boys"? Envy. Envy of women and in this
case, their clothes. That envy has "eaten" vast amounts of Glen's life,
it's been a torture to him. There are numerous references to that
torture and misery. There's also an entire section devoted to
judgment--human judgment versus that reserved to God.
The "nonsensical" stock footage of buffaloes and the army? It signifies
the rush of adrenaline, fear and anxiety as "Glen" tries to confront
his identity and "come out" to his girlfriend. Far from random, it's
actually used with ingenuity and skill.
The symbology of scenes in which "Glen" battles his female self and
resists the devil should be obvious. But then again, a generous viewing
of "Glen or Glenda," rather than a beer-fueled "let's watch a crap
movie" viewing, would reveal a great deal. Even the campy scene at the
end, when Dolores Fuller relents and gives Glen her sweater, comes with
the always-missed segment where God absolves Glen of his misery. There
are a dozen moments like this. Sure, there are a dozen technical flubs
and random nonsense too, but all good art is organic. There's a guy
wearing a Timex in "Ben-Hur," for god's sake.
The "narrator" seems comical and dated to us, but in 1953 he was
standard-issue, and the lines we now take as campy were then
revolutionary, almost treasonous. A plea for tolerance for sexual and
gender differences? Condemning the police for arresting gays and
transvestites just for existing? During the McCarthy era, when all
homosexuals were presumed to be communists? A film like that is bound
to make some enemies. Especially a film that featured, not actors
playing "deviants," but the deviants themselves, in their own words.
It's telling that the extreme-religious-conservative Medved brothers
were the ones who named Ed Wood "worst director of all time." They must
have thought they were really sticking it to Ed Wood for making all
those subversively weird films involving crossdressing and homosexuals
and society's outcasts. Thankfully, irony remains the most powerful
force in the universe, and their mean-spirited declaration made Ed Wood
a household name. Whether they admit it or not, a lot of this movie's
detractors are laughing at the subject, not the movie. Many others are
baffled by the unconventional narrative. Just because you don't get
something, doesn't mean there is nothing to get.
It's easy to give any movie the MST3K treatment, especially ones that
veer into uncomfortable or seemingly absurd territory. If you're
looking for the worst movie ever made, go watch "Armageddon" or
"Crossroads." If you're looking for THE pioneering moment in GLBT film
history, the greatest and most underrated American DIY avante-garde
feature of its time, or an experience that just might change the way
you view movies and the world at large, start right here.
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, Bela Lugosi
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, Dolores Fuller
, Edward D. Wood Jr.
, Lyle Talbot
, Timothy Farrell
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