IntroductionHansel, who grew up in East Germany, has a gift for music. He longs for freedom and to find his soulmate. In 1988, at the age of 20, Hansel undergoes a sex change operation and changes his name to that of his mother, Hedwig, to be able to follow his love to the US. However, the sex change operation is a failure, leaving Hedwig with a one-inch mound of dysfunctional flesh, referred to as the angry inch. Not long after moving to the US, she is abandoned. She then dons a blond wig and bright red lipstick to return to her passion, music, forming a rock band named The Angry Inch.
Hedwig (John Cameron Mitchell) is a rock singer from East Germany. Yitzhak (Miriam Shor) is his suffering companion. Hedwig has become tabloid news as the the gay transsexual lover to rock star Tommy Gnosis (Michael Pitt). Hedwig has a lawsuit against Tommy as manager Phyllis Stein (Andrea Martin) has the band playing in unlikely places following Tommy's tour.Hedwig is a fascinating bitter character. Ultimately, his inch is too angry to be of much rooting interest. It's a terrific performance and I can imagine it would be an amazing live performance. I wanted more comedic moments. The directing style is limited with some animation work. This is set up for a cult classic.
October 11 Hedwig and the Angry Inch (USA 2000) 95 min. [IMAGE]Directed by John Cameron MitchellWith John Cameron Mitchell, Michael Pitt, Miriam Shor, et al.If you haven't yet heard about this sensational cult performance bydirector Mitchell you really need to get out more. This is a self-described\"post-punk neo-glam rock musical,\" or, in other words, the millenniumsuccessor to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. What began as an off-Broadwaymusical has since evolved into a drag queen spectacle about an East Germanboy named Hansel. The boy grows up and falls for an American Sergeant whowill take Hansel back home with him only if he undergoes a sex-changeoperation. The operation doesn't--um--completely work, as a remaining'angry inch' proves. Not a Hansel, now a Hedwig, she ends up near a militarybase in trailer-park Kansas, turning tricks and falling in love with thegeneral's son, Tommy (Pitt). Hedwig and the Angry Inch is largely shot inflashback; we understand that she has turned her transsexual experience intoa whole stage shtick, belting out her numbers in cheesy restaurants andgalvanizing audiences into stunned appreciation. Mitchell's performance issimply amazing, challenging every gendered pronoun you've ever taken forgranted. 59ce067264