So I sat myself down and popped in the tape of Ed Woods "Glen or Glenda". I say to myself, "okay, Ed Wood... don't expect an Easy Rider or a Taxi Driver..."I didn't. In fact, halfway through the movie I found myself saying, "what the fuck?!?"
In every technical aspect, it's just bad. However, only Ed Wood could pull off being so bad that it's good -- good in a funny, screwed up way.
In my opinion, the saving grace of this movie is Satan. Yes, Satan appears in this movie as some sort of convoluted dream sequence. By having him appear it converts what was ever bad about this movie into some camp humour.
Of course, this was noticeable from the beginning. For instance, we have Bela Lugosi playing some sort of omniscient God like role, we'll call him storyteller number one. He tells us of an instance where a person had died. This person was a transvestite. The police officer who heads the investigation goes to a doctor to find information of transvestites. In turn, the doctor tells a story, we'll call <i>him</i> storyteller number two. The story, about a guy named Glen is a transvestite. It speaks of his trials and tribulations. At one point (the aforementioned dream sequence), Glen dreams of several sexual situations (none which have him in it). It goes on to show his resolution, a education film on transvestites, etc.
Essentially 'Glen or Glenda' is a story about a story about a story about a transvestite named Glen who is Glenda in private. It's very confusing, very badly filmed, but overall a good movie to watch and guffaw at.Apparently, this film was supposed to be an 'exploitation' film. It was written to exploit a similar case, and apparently the producers brought in Ed Wood assuming he could do the film justice. It's a good thing justice is blind.