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- Language: English
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- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
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- Studio: New Line Studios
- Average Customer Review: 75 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00005QW5X
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Vous avez été troublé par le travelo Priscilla, Reine du désert ? Cest que vous navez pas encore fait la connaissance de Hedwig and the Angry Inch, fantasme tordu de lacteur et réalisateur John Cameron Mitchell, qui poursuit sur pellicule le tapage amorcé sur les planches.
Reine de rien du tout, Hedwig est un transsexuel qui, après une opération ratée aux mains dun docteur Frankenstein, sest retrouvé avec un pouce de chair (the angy inch) entre les jambes. Elle parcourt avec son groupe les restaurants miteux de lAmérique pour y cracher son mal-être dans toutes les déclinaisons rock (glam, hard, soft, pub, grunge). Dune prestation à lautre – les chansons, accrocheuses et bien interprétées, sont un élément primordial de la narration –, elle reconstitue lhistoire de sa vie : de son enfance à Berlin-Est, bercée par les rockeurs anglo-saxons, à sa liaison avec un adolescent qui connaîtra la gloire en sappropriant ses tubes. Sans oublier son passage à lOuest au bras dun G.I., dont le seul legs aura été cet amas de chair pendouillant sous le nombril de la belle, comme un point dinterrogation.
Des points dinterrogation, Hedwig en compte plus dun. Rarement film aura-t-il dépeint lambiguïté sexuelle avec autant de franchise. Pour son personnage principal, le changement de sexe ne constitue pas lacte suprême daffirmation – comme cest souvent le cas dans les films du genre –, mais plutôt une étape dans une quête amoureuse et identitaire qui ignore les réponses toutes faites. Doù une mélancolie ambiante qui détonne avec la facture visuelle haute en couleur de cette adaptation réussie, en plus dêtre fort courageuse. --Frédéric Murphy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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A mixed-bag effort to translate John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's ambitious rock musical to the screen, this remains a worthwhile movie experience on any account, successfully opening up its heartfelt, often sad account of an "internationally ignored" rock singer suffering from a botched sex change operation. Mitchell's fierce, hypnotic performance is as indelible on film as it was on stage - fearful, hilarious and moving. His direction is a bit less remarkable, as the movie offers much to look at, but little of it comes through in quite the same way as the music. The filmmakers too often literalize what should be expressed musically, which robs the viewer of some of the discoveries that might have made the film more successful. A few stretches sag as well, but the movie springs to life the most in its final reel - when the title character takes on a young protégé (a quietly effective Michael Pitt) - even if it fails to fully reach its emotional mark. Audiences at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival clearly found Hedwig refreshing: it won the Audience Award as well as a Grand Jury directing prize for Mitchell.
As I said, I wasn't too sure how I would react to this film, but very surprisingly, I ended up liking it a LOT. The plot actually makes a lot of sense in the context of the film, and it's quite enjoyable. Still, I suppose you would need a somewhat open mind to see this film. If you've seen other films like "Tommy," "Performance," "Liztomania," "Rocky Horror Picture Show," "Pink Floyd's the Wall," or even "Moulin Rouge" then you'll have a idea what this film is like. However, the film is the best of the bunch. How good is it? It's better than Moulin Rouge by far and the music is from the original off-Broadway production and is just about the BEST rock music I've heard in any rock musical. It totally kicks ...and rocks hard and had me humming the tunes to all the songs before long. I believe if the Academy Awards folks had possessed a more open mind, they would have nominated this for best picture instead of Moulin Rouge. Furthermore, only a technicality prevented any of the songs from being nominated for best song, which they could have easily won.
Bless DVD technology...I practically had the songs from the film on auto-repeat for a few days before I had to return the DVD. This is probably one of the best musicals to be released in the last 20 years (Little Mermaid and Evita and Everyone Says I Love You are some other great recent ones). The DVD, to say a few words, has a commentary by the director, who is also the writer and plays Hedwig on-screen. Plus, there is a cool 90-min documentary about the origin of the play and the film...really nice stuff! New Line produced a great DVD, and whereas I initially had some reservations about seeing this film, now I am absolutely going to add it to my collection.
Totally recommended and absolutely a 5 star rating!!
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