Nothing like this has appeared on celluloid before-has to be seen to be believed.
So runs a famous review of Glen or Glenda written years later. I couldn't agree more!
However, don't let anyone kid you this is just a monumentally incompetent or boring B-movie. It could never be boring, and it makes its points with some zeal and force.
Sure, it goes off the planet at several opportunities, but the dream sequence is utterly mad, surreal AND actually touching & effective.
As is the performance of Daniel Davis, the male lead, who struggles to come to terms with his urge to transdress, if not transgender. Some might wonder why he had no further career, after all he puts into this.
Well, he did, because he WAS actually Ed Wood, under a pseudonym. Considering how hard every big Hollywood name found directing themselves was(just watch John Wayne in the Alamo or Marlon Brando in One-Eyed Jacks & see for yourselves), Ed's acting performance is excellent. Overwrought, yeh, but visceral & affecting.
This film is such a mix of fact, fiction & narrative voiceover, it may be Ed Wood discovered the mocumentary years before anyone else.
One thing is for sure, it's not only a film you shouldn't be without, it's also one you can watch again and again-try that with today's action heroes & see the difference.