Hedwig and the Angry Inch 2001
R | 1h 35min | Comedy, Drama, Music | 31 August 2001 (USA)
A transgender punk-rock girl from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs.
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated R for sexual content and language
Without gushing, I think that this is the best film to come out of the US in several years. This is the type of movie which demands repeated viewing, and reveals itself a little each time. I’m surprised that the genius of this film didn’t receive more accolades at the time, but I attribute that to the socially acceptable restraints of the mass culture.
Absolutely perfect production from top to bottom, makes you laugh out loud… then tears your heart out & puts it back in again. Multi layered & symbolic throughout.
Songwriting by Stephen Trask is sublime. But how the hell can a clown like Eminem get an Oscar & this guy was virtually ignored?! Sickening thought. Cameron Mitchell must have been born for this part… a brave & charismatic perf.
This movie achieves everything that “Velvet Goldmine” (yuck) could not… in a fraction of the time.
Anyway, anyone who’s got a little freak in them will love this movie. And those who don’t “get it” should be content watching the rest of American mass market trash cinema.
Director: John Cameron Mitchell
Writers: John Cameron Mitchell (book), Stephen Trask (book)
Stars: John Cameron Mitchell, Miriam Shor, Stephen Trask
Language: English | German
Release Date: 31 August 2001 (USA)
Filming Locations: Ontario, Canada