Snips And Snails And Puppy Dog Tales

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Produced to exploit the then-hot topic of Christine Jorgensen, the first person to undergo sex reassignment surgery, Glen Or Glenda? (aka I Led 2 Lives and I Changed My Sex) is part pseudo-documentary on transgender and transvestite folk, part drama, part personal confession by director Ed Wood Jr himself, part satanic fever dream, part burlesque/ S&M fantasy, part vehicle for fallen star Bela Lugosi…and the sum of its parts is unlike anything you’ve ever seen…Just when you think you’ve got it figured out, the narrator shifts from Timothy Farrell’s compassionate offscreen narrator to Bela Lugosi’s angry, godlike onscreen narrator…from the documentary-esque footage of transvestite and transgender case studies to Glen’s (Ed Wood Jr himself) inner turmoil over his impending marriage and his struggle to tell his fiancee (Dolores Fuller) about his secret life as Glenda…and his burning desire to try on her angora sweater. Not to mention all the incongruous stock footage which nevertheless seems to mean…well, something…Now, Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space may be far more famous, being on just about every cult movie list as the “worst of all time” (Obviously they’ve never seen The Creeping Terror or Monster A-Go-Go)…but it’s just good, goofy fun. If you’re looking for incredibly strange cinema, it doesn’t get any stranger than Glen Or Glenda?…

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