Let Me Die a Woman (1974)
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This movie was informative, but the soft core porn scenes, frightening music, and bad acting took away from the overall message that transsexuals are not human rejects but people who want to live as normally as possible, but can't always make that normality a reality. I wish someone would make a more sparkling follow up documentary to this one. I did gain a new perspective from watching it.
Quasi documentary directed by "the female Ed Wood" Doris Wishman dealing with Transexualism. Surprisingly sympathetic to their subjects for what is basically an exploitative Mondo film at heart. Features interviews with various transexuals and cross dressers, a real life sex change surgery (difficult to watch. especially if your a dude), the infamous chisel scene (a breasted dude attempts to remove his own penis using a chisel and a hammer with predictbly disastrous results), and a brief early performance from Harry Reems of Deep Throat fame, amongst other Porn chic films of the 70's. Not really sure if I would recommend this to anyone. The material covered isn't really of much interest to me, but is worth seeing for people interested in Mondo as a style, which I am. Definently features some scenes that are not easily forgotten though.
This movie is an insult to the Transgender community. The acting is atrocious; most of the movie is just a "doctor" blatantly reading from queue cards, while much of the rest is composed dialogue free scenes with tense, scary music designed to accentuate the freakishness of transsexuals. I did lol at the penis gun part tho!
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