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Glen Or Glenda [DVD] [1953] [US Import] [NTSC]

Edward D. Wood Jr. , Bela Lugosi , Edward D. Wood Jr.    DVD
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  • Actors: Edward D. Wood Jr., Bela Lugosi, Lyle Talbot, Timothy Farrell, Dolores Fuller
  • Directors: Edward D. Wood Jr.
  • Writers: Edward D. Wood Jr.
  • Producers: George Weiss
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Feb 2000
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003XAMS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,035 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Often mentioned as a contender for the title of Worst Movie Ever Made, Glen or Glenda? (a.k.a. I Changed My Sex, a.k.a. I Led Two Lives, a.k.a. He or She) remains Ed Wood's weirdest film--and, for the director of Plan 9 from Outer Space, that's saying something. Yet Glen or Glenda? goes way beyond camp, into some unique zone of demented personal expression, an essay/collage/autobiography that is no less fascinating just because it comes from a second-rate mind. Wood himself, under the pseudonym Daniel Davis, plays a transvestite struggling to reveal his tendencies to his wife (the toneless Dolores Fuller, Wood's missus in real life). Mixed in with this exploitation story is a tonne of irrelevant stock footage, as well as disconnected glimpses of Béla Lugosi bellowing at the audience; Lugosi's dialogue is a tapestry of non sequiturs and portentous warnings. The behind-the-scenes creation of Glen or Glenda? forms part of the action of Ed Wood, Tim Burton's affectionate tribute to the B-movie master. Wood himself was a transvestite, which accounts for the cracked sincerity of Glen or Glenda?; the passion for angora sweaters is real, not a fluffy plot device. Truly a flabbergasting 68 minutes in film history. --Robert Horton

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4.0 out of 5 stars Glen or Glenda 22 Dec 2004
Most people will look for this film after seeing the tragic Tim Burton Ed Wood biopic, and hence will have a fairly good idea at what this film is like. This film isn't as particularly dull as Plan 9 from Outer Space or even many other 1950's B Movies, but is utterly incomprehensible to anyone who is not Ed Wood himself.
The film opens with aged Scientist Bela Legosi in a thunder and lightning haunted house set bellowing phrases of doom at the camera. Legosi appears throughout the movie for no other reason than Ed wanted to work with him and to pad the running time to over an hour long. How the mighty Dracula star was fallen. He is completely unrelated to the wafer-thin plot unfolding in front of us and serves no purpose at all. In the main part of the film the trademark Ed Wood clunky dialogue and acting is appalling, leading actress Delloris Fuller in particular seems to be reading her lines from cue cards. Stock footage of cars, Glen walking down the street, and crowds of people is used over and over again, along with arty close ups of people's ears, radiators and seemingly endless stock footage of WW2.
Glen or Glenda really is pitiful, you can see how badly Ed Wood wanted to make a film that he stretched the story far far beyond breaking point, inserting random fantasy sequences wherever possible to pad out the running time. At no point is this clearer than a point where we see a long drawn-out sequence that features near-naked women being whipped on a sofa accompanied by joyful polka jazz music, for absolutely no reason whatsoever. Presumably this must be Glens inner Glenda? If we just saw the actual story alone we would be left with a movie 15 minutes long, tops. "The story must be told!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lost masterpiece! 13 April 2007
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 27 Mar 2014
Ed Wood had a certain notoriety as a film maker although Tim Burton's biopic gave him back some dignity. So naturally his films today are viewed as the products of the worst director of all time. Certainly Brided of the Monster or Plan 9 are nothing but reasonably well executed b movies but Glen or Glenda is actually different. It would be an interesting experiment to show the film to people who have never heard of Ed Wood and tell them it's by an intellectual French film maker and give people the opportunity to judge the film without preconceptions. Would they see Lugosi's character and performance as camp or as legimitate surrealsim or his use of stock footage as a collage technique? It is very easy to make fun of this film because in these days the story seems trite and even camp. When watching this film you have to bear in mind that cross dressing and homosexuality (although the film actually makes the point that both are not necessarily related) were not only taboo topics but plainly illegal. Wood tells the autobiographic story of a heterosexual male who cross dresses and has to come to terms with this urge and learn to accept himself. To my knowledge that is the first film to give anyone termed a degenerate by society depth and dignity. Seeing Glen or Glenda simply as a camp classic draws away attention from the fact that Wood was a pioneer and also very courageous because he is in the lead role. The film itself is not really badly made except for the use of stock footage only loosely related to the film. The structure of the film is actually rather clever. The acting is more or less competent (certainly not worse than a lot of other b films I have watched), there are no wobbly sets and the story is coherent. Often fun has been made of Lugosi's character. I don't really see why. Yes, it's odd but Lugosi gives one hell of a charismatic performance and we don not generally call every film that employs surreal elements turkeys.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Transcendent 1 Mar 2014
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Shine on you crazy D.Wood. Forget plan 9, this is the benchmark for so bad its good filmmaking. A favourite of David Lynch's as well as mine, this is Wood's most sincere and personal effort as well as his most surreal. Part informative documentary, part exploitation, part WTF extravaganza. Love it!
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