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Hedwig And The Angry Inch [DVD]
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Hedwig (John Cameron Mitchell) is a transsexual rocker who has had her fair share of bad luck and has now fallen to stalking rock star Tommy Gnosis (Michael Pitt). Hedwig and Tommy first met in the early 1990s, when he was a 17-year-old nobody, and they quickly embarked upon a passionate love affair; but Tommy's difficulties with Hedwig's body soon got the better of him, he ran away with a batch of her songs and made it big in the world of rock. Now Hedwig has returned to redress the balance, and when Tommy stops to pick her up in his limousine, it seems she might finally have her chance....
Sometimes grace and hope come in surprising packages. The title character of Hedwig and the Angry Inch--a would-be glam-rock star from East Germany--undergoes a botched gender-change operation in order to escape from the Soviet bloc, only to watch the Berlin Wall come down on TV after being abandoned in a trailer park in middle America. Hedwig gets involved with Tommy, an adolescent boy who steals her songs and becomes a stadium-filling musical act. Suffering from a broken heart and a lust for revenge, Hedwig follows Tommy's tour, playing with her band (The Angry Inch) at tacky theme restaurants. Into this simple storyline, writer-director-star John Cameron Mitchell packs an astonishing mix of sadness, yearning, humour and kick-ass songs with a little Platonic philosophy tucked inside for good measure. A visually dazzling gem of a movie. --Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com
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The story has been outlined above and below; all I have to offer by way of new input is that I have watched this film many times with many people, and have loved it every time, as have they. For the lonely, the wistful, and the unfulfilled romantics, this film tells a story that begins as bizarrely alien to most of us, and somehow ends up genuinely reflecting the way we can all feel sometimes, regardless of gender or sexual preference. Just like Hedwig, my search for my other half goes on. Just like Hedwig, I have found my hope again.
Watch this film. Put aside preconceptions, and try something different. It might not change your life, but then again, who knows?
If you are looking for a movie about decency, humour, love and sacrifice - then look no further. This movie has to be one of my favourites of all time. The songs in it are not just musical numbers. They move the piece forward and give us insight into Hedwig's past and present feelings. They stand extreamely well on their own, but when placed into this medium of a fantastic story, with brilliant performances and characters that you can relate and sympathise with - then they become small works of art that collectively fit together to make a masterpiece.
John Cameron Mitchel's performance and direction is nothing short of extraordinary. He manages, with what seems so little effort, to instantly make the audience connect with the character of Hedwig. Hedwig's story is in many ways tragic but she never loses her sense of humour, and John's timing is impeccable.
The performances from the supporting cast are strong even though their screen time is limited. It is very much Hedwig's story through narration to resolution. Nethertheless there isn't a weak moment from any of the cast - from the rock and roll opening, to the heart lifting and thought provoking finale.
This movie will be one you will want to watch again and again - always getting something new from it each time. I have watched it many times with new people and they have always really enjoyed the 2 hours or so - lost in the world of a drag queen.
Having seen it three times in the cinema, I was prepared for the DVD to seem a bit pale by comparison, and it is definitely better to see it on the big screen with an enthusiastic audience. However, the various extras on the DVD help to make up for the small-screen experience. The lengthy documentary, for example, is extremely watchable TV in its own right and offers the delights of hearing John Cameron Mitchell's conservative military family respond to their son's exotic career.
Buy it now! And then buy copies for all your friends!
Though initially a little skeptical (..and the angry what?!), I loved every minute of this film. The musical numbers are appropriate, glam-rock songs, whilst Hedwig's performance is lively and emotive.
"..six inches forward and five inches back; I got an angry inch.."
Yes. It does mean what you are imagining it might.
Though the storyline is quite simple, the film is kept interesting through use of flashbacks and serious moments, alongside Hedwig's autobiographical gigs. It is full of witty and often ironic humour, sometimes leaving you thinking "Wait.. Am I supposed to laugh at that?", and is very entertaining.
Unlike other trannie-rock-musicals (well, unlike Rocky Horror anyways), Hedwig sparks a range of emotions, and leaves you touched, and thoughtful.
Everyone shuld see this film!
Set in the present day, Hedwig and his band the Angry Inch travel across America shadowing the world tour of his one time lover-turned-rock star Tommy Gnosis. Playing at small venues, the tour provides the backdrop for Hedwig's touching and often bizarre account of his life, told primarily through song and dance, it is truely a spectacle not to be missed.
Churning out some of the best original songs ever written for film and the most outrageous costumes and make-up ever seen, Hedwig will make you laugh, cry and tap your toes to the beat.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic film!! Delivered in mint condition and great quality resolution.Published 2 months ago by Dani
Discovered this movie by complete accident via the soundtrack on YouTube! I cannot believe I have only just discovered it. WOW. Just incredible. Read morePublished 5 months ago by S. Smith
One of the most original modern musicals ever written.
This film is a true cult classic, standing firmly amongst the likes of the rocky horror show, hairspray,... Read more
Hedwig is one of the greatest and amazing movie. I watched this 10 years ago. I was dying for watching sometimes so I decided to buy it!Published 11 months ago by Michiko Takahashi
"Hedwig and the Angry Inch" is one of those films you'll have to watch again. Not only is the subject matter deeply thought-provoking, but the ending is one that will keep... Read morePublished 12 months ago by A. Non