Ed Wood's Glen or Glenda

Wed Jun 23 2021 at 07:30 pm to 09:30 pm UTC+02:00

Husets Biograf | Copenhagen

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18:30 = Café opens / CASH or MOBILE PAY only! / Open seating due to corona rules / Tickets are 70 kr. No reservations via mail.
19:30 =“GLEN OR GLENDA,” directed by Edward D. Wood Jr., 1953, 65 minutes, screened on 16mm and opening with a surprise short film / At first glance, Ed Wood‘s Glen or Glenda (1953) seems little more than a poorly crafted B film that exploits sexuality, and the gender transgression of transvestitism, to shock and entertain its audience. However, if one takes a look beyond the campy surface, Glen or Glenda actually presents a rich amalgam of the human depravity depicted in film noir, the manipulative authority of the medical profession, the power of sexuality, the twentieth century ambivalence toward modernity, and the horror and guilt of sexual and gender deviance. While Wood’s emphasis on Freudian psychoanalysis, and the medicalization of sexual and gender difference were clearly critiques of the superficial perfection, gender roles, and pop-culture of the Eisenhower ’50s, this film, with its celebration of male to female transvestitism, at the expense of homosexuality and female to male transvestitism, is much more than a straightforward criticism of socially constructed, and socially accepted, sexualities and gender expressions. Rather, it is an attempt by Wood, who himself was a male to female transvestite, to normalize an otherwise “deviant” form of gender expression by portraying it as, ideally, a guilt-free expression of male heterosexuality. … All that plus it is SUPER WEIRD!
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