STAR-CROSSED: John Cameron Mitchell and Michael Pitt in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
One of the most memorable films of last decade, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the best rock opera/musical made into a motion picture since The Who rocked Tommy and Frankenfurter sashayed in Rocky Horror Picture Show. It combines a snazzy garage rock/pop score, sassy comedy, a heartfelt coming of age story, lovesick melodrama, cool animation and a fascinating transsexual heroine.
Directed by and starring John Cameron Mitchell, the 2001 film kicks off TIGLFF’s 25th Anniversary Year Monthly Film Series tonight at Muvico Centro Ybor 20. The plot centers on an East Berlin punk rocker who propels the plot with her fourth wall-smashing narration, detailing with wit and candor, stories about her life and details about her ex-boyfriend/bandmate/obsession, who stole her songs and skyrocketed to fame while she still languishes in poverty. In the midst of her tragic diva outpour, a blossoming true love with a devoted, current bandmate goes almost unnoticed.
Hedwig won awards for Best Director and Audience Awards at the Sundance Film Festival, as well as Best Directorial Debut from the National Board of Review, the Gotham Awards, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Mitchell also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor and the Premiere magazine "Performance of the Year Award."
The musical, written in 1988 with text by Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, has enjoyed a revival on Broadway this year with Neal Patrick Harris in the title role.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch screens tonight at 7:30 p.m. Muvico Centro Ybor 20
1600 E. Eighth Ave., A200, Tampa. Tickets are $10. tiglff.com.