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Glen or Glenda

Los Angeles: Screen Classics, 1953. Set of 14 vintage silver gelatin still photographs from the 1953 film. Director Ed Wood, Jr.'s auspicious feature film debut took on a subject no less controversial than tranvestites, one of the few new subjects still available by that time. Originally titled "I Changed My Sex," and generally considered one of the worst films of all time, the film has still maintained a solid cult following over the decades due to Wood's decidedly distinctive style and z-budget production values. Ephemera from the film of any kind is rare.

The aim of the film's producer, George Weiss, was to capitalize on the story Christina Jorgensen, who in 1952 became the first man widely known to undergo sex reassignment surgery. The film's first half guides the viewer down a crooked path that includes multiple narration techniques, BDSM pornography, and a buffalo stampede in order to convey a story about a man named Glen who wishes to become a transvestite, struggling to gain acceptance from his girlfriend. The second half, added largely at the demand of the distributor to include sex change in the content, is about a pseudohermaphrodite named Alan who fights his way through World War II in women's underwear, finally returning from the conflict to have the surgery he/she has always desired.

The photos cover most key elements from the film, including narrator Lugosi in his armchair, Glenda in her new angora sweater, the doctor in front a female physiology chart, the surgery, and the luckless woman involved with Glen.

All photos vintage silver gelatin prints, Very Good plus to Near Fine, 8 x 10 inches.
[Book #123556]
Price: $3,000.00
Glen or Glenda
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