Hedwig and the Angry Inch: The Criterion Collection
With this trailblazing musical, writer-director-star John Cameron Mitchell and composer-lyricist Stephen Trask brought their signature creation from stage to screen for a movie as unclassifiable as its protagonist. Raised a boy in East Berlin, Hedwig (Mitchell) undergoes a traumatic personal transformation in order to emigrate to the U.S., where she reinvents herself as an “internationally ignored” but divinely talented rock diva, characterized by Mitchell as inhabiting a “beautiful gender of one.” The film tells Hedwig’s story through her music, an eclectic assortment of original punk anthems and power ballads by Trask, matching them with a freewheeling cinematic mosaic of music-video fantasies, animated interludes, and moments of bracing emotional realism. A hard-charging song cycle and a tender character study, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a tribute to the transcendent power of rock and roll.
- New interviews with the cast and crew, including John Cameron Mitchell
- A new conversation between composer and lyricist Stephen Trask and rock critic David Fricke about the soundtrack
- New programs exploring Hedwig's creation and legacy.
THE ICONIC GENDER-EXPLODING ROCK SENSATION AND ENDURING CULT CLASSIC FROM JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL
In 2001, the film won the award for best director and the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and the next year Mitchell received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
“An exuberant blast of rock & roll defiance . . .Breaks new ground by making music come alive on film without compromising its fierce energy or romantic soul.”—Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
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