Glen or Glenda is a 1953 documentary film written and directed by Ed Wood. It stars Ed Wood himself, Bela Lugosi and Wood's then-girlfriend Dolores Fuller. A new musical score for the film was composed in 2010 by Michael Penny. The film is a docudrama about cross-dressing and transsexuality, and is semi-autobiographical in nature. Wood himself was a cross-dresser, and the film is a plea for tolerance. It is widely considered one of the worst films ever. However, it has become a cult film due to its low-budget production values and idiosyncratic style.
Why it Sucks
- Poor acting.
- The film is so weird and nonsensical for all the wrong reasons.
- While the film was progressive for its time regarding acceptance of cross-dressers, the film doesn't know how to deliver its intended message subtly.
- False advertising: The whole Glen/Glenda story isn't the main focus of the film as it also focuses on similar stories by other cross-dressers.
- Painful padding sandwiched in-between scenes that have nothing to do with the rest of the film. These scenes were added in by an executive to make the film more "adult" and make the film longer.
The Only Redeeming Quality
- As mentioned above, the film was quite progressive for its time as it focused on transgender people something that was unheard of in 1950s Hollywood films.
- Alternative titles of these movies are "I Changed My Sex!", "Glen or Glenda?", "''I Led Two Lives" and "He or She?".