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December 19, 2001
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Reviews by Matt Heffernan <matt@filmhead.com>

This week my picks are Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001 - ) and Moulin Rouge (2001 - ).

This week, I decided to pick two new releases, but not out of indecision. These two films represent the beginning of movie musicals in the 21st Century. The first is Hedwig and the Angry Inch, based on the stage musical of the same name. It tells the life story of a quasi-transgendered rock singer through song. Throughout the film, Hedwig (John Cameron Mitchell, who also wrote and directed the film) stalks her former lover, Tommy Gnosis (Michael Pitt), who is on a U.S. stadium tour, playing songs that Hedwig wrote but did not receive credit for. Despite its low budget, this film delivers with both slick visuals and a great rock score, written by Stephen Trask (who also plays a member of "The Angry Inch" -- which refers to what is left of Hedwig's masculinity).
Full review by Evelyn Gildrie-Voyles from October 4, 2001

Moulin Rouge is the second pick because no film should have to follow Moulin Rouge in a double feature. Director Baz Luhrmann re-creates the famous Parisian night club as he wishes it was in 1899. Nicole Kidman plays a singer/dancer/courtesan who falls in love with a wannabe Bohemian poet (Ewan MacGregor) even though she is promised to a wealthy aristocrat (Richard Roxburgh). It's a conventional love triangle within a very unconventional film. The music that is played at the club and the poetry that MacGregor writes are actually popular songs from the 20th century. It's a dizzying mix of high camp, low farce, and the most outlandish production numbers ever caught on film. If you can think of Hedwig as the new Show Boat, Moulin Rouge is the new Singin' in the Rain.
Full review by Evelyn Gildrie-Voyles from May 21, 2001


For more information, visit the Internet Movie Database:
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
Moulin Rouge (2001)

Here's some merchandise for sale at Amazon.com
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) -- VHS
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) -- DVD
Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a play by John Cameron Mitchell with song lyrics by Stephen Trask -- Hardcover
Hedwig and the Angry Inch: Film Soundtrack -- Compact Disc
Hedwig and the Angry Inch: Original Cast Recording -- Compact Disc
Moulin Rouge (2001) -- VHS
Moulin Rouge (2001) -- DVD
Moulin Rouge: The Splendid Illustrated Book That Charts the Journey of Baz Luhrmann's Motion Picture -- Hardcover
Moulin Rouge: Soundtrack -- Compact Disc


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