Although elements of the film are as incompetent as one might expect given Wood's later reputation, there is nonetheless a fearlessness & originality that makes the experience of the film entirely unique. Similarly, the astounding nightmare sequence is not only an expression of genuine surrealism analogous to Cocteau, it manages to predict the entire career of David Lynch several decades before Lynch was even a name.
I don't think this is so bad it's good. I think it's genuinely great. The transphobic ending is unfortunate but given how personal this story was for Wood it feels tragic rather than offensive. The entire film feels so deeply intimate. It's experimental and emotional in a way few films are. It's remarkable we have a cinematic document from 1953 from a genderqueer artist.
perfect. so horrible I couldn't move my eyes away from the screen.
maybe mr. wood was a genius and was doing an experimental film. whether or not, you must respect the man that created the (so bad it's great) genre of movies!
Simply one of the most rivetingly bizarre films I've ever seen. Wood splits his skull open and shamelessly spills the contents right onto the celluloid, substituting his lack of talent with sincere passion. You have to watch this at least once.
Curiosa película. En primera una especie de filme educativo, pasando por lo testimonial, lo alegórico, incluso gestando posturas científicas. Claro que el filme, dentro de su lectura aleccionadora sobre el travestismo y la homosexualidad sugerida, peca de alinearla a lo "no normal". El final de la película es un cierra sobre un estado curado. Todo lo anterior parece derrumbarse.