Watch Hedwig and the Angry Inch
- 1 hr 35 min
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a 2001 American musical comedy-drama film that tells the story of Hedwig, a transgender rock musician from East Berlin, and her band, The Angry Inch. The movie stars John Cameron Mitchell as Hedwig, and Miriam Shor as her husband, Yitzhak. The film was directed by John Cameron Mitchell, who co-wrote the screenplay with Stephen Trask, who also composed the music and lyrics for the musical. The movie takes the audience on a journey through Hedwig's life, starting with her childhood in East Berlin, where she falls in love with an American soldier and decides to undergo a sex change operation to marry him and move to the United States. However, the operation goes awry, leaving her with an "angry inch" - a one-inch lump of flesh between her legs. In the United States, Hedwig divorces her husband and pursues her dream of becoming a rock star. She forms The Angry Inch, and embarks on a tour of small venues across the country, following the successful career of her former lover and protÃ©gÃ©, Tommy Gnosis. Throughout the film, Hedwig confronts Tommy's betrayal and struggles with her own gender identity and emotional wounds from her past. The film is interspersed with musical numbers that weave together rock, punk, and glam rock styles, performed by Hedwig and The Angry Inch. The songs are deeply emotional, and explore themes of love, loss, identity, and gender. They are also powerfully cathartic, with Mitchell's performance as Hedwig imbuing each song with raw emotion and heart. The cinematography of the film is stunning, with visually stunning performances and elaborate costumes that add to the film's theatrical, surrealistic atmosphere. The cinematography is often contrasted against a gritty, almost documentary-style background that gives the film an intimate, grounded feel. Overall, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a film that tackles complex and emotionally-charged themes with equal parts humor, heart, and rock-and-roll spirit. The movie is a groundbreaking exploration of gender and identity, wrapped up in catchy and unforgettable musical numbers that leave a lasting impression on the audience.