Dressed In Silk, Latin Lace And Envy

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Let Me Die A Woman would seem like a major departure for Doris Wishman…a straight-faced documentary on transgender men and women from the auteur behind Nude On The Moon, Bad Girls Go To Hell and Deadly Weapons…but like all her films, it’s just a little ways catty-corner from normal. Accurate information mingles with glaring ignorance…Graphic sex-change surgery footage (and a gory “re-enactment” that will jolt every male member of the audience with sympathy pain) mingles with softcore lovin’ (one scene features consummate cocksman Harry Reems, also in Deadly Weapons). Some of the interviews seem very scripted, with acting that instantly conjures Glenn Or Glenda?…One of the patients says curiously conservative things and expresses admiration for…Anita Bryant. To me, that’s even more disturbing than the surgery footage…

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