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Whether You Like It or Not: The Story of Hedwig (2003)

Documentary on the making of the film Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001).

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Laura Nix
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Credited cast:
Peter Askin Peter Askin ... Himself
Ashley Bachner Ashley Bachner ... Herself
Stephen Bachner Stephen Bachner ... Himself
Kevin Cahoon ... Himself
Francis Ford Coppola ... Himself
Frank G. DeMarco Frank G. DeMarco ... Himself
Mistress Formika Mistress Formika ... Himself
Amy Henkels Amy Henkels ... Herself
Emily Hubley Emily Hubley ... Herself
Perry James Perry James ... Himself
Joan Jett ... Herself
Donovan Leitch Jr. ... Himself (as Donovan Leitch)
Theodore Liscinski Theodore Liscinski ... Himself
Ann Magnuson ... Herself
Andrew Marcus Andrew Marcus ... Himself
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Documentary on the making of the film Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001).

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USA

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English

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7 August 2003 (USA) See more »

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Automat Pictures See more »
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References Cabaret (1972) See more »

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A very good documentary.
17 April 2003 | by edwardlambertiSee all my reviews

This is a documentary account of the development of Hedwig and the Angry Inch from John Cameron Mitchell's original idea, through the stage show, to the movie. The producer-director Laura Nix has complied interviews with all the key personnel, such as Hedwig writer-director-star Mitchell, composer Stephen Trask, actress Miriam Shor, Mitchell's parents, and others. These are mixed with terrific footage of Hedwig stage performances, all the more thrilling for having been shot by amateur filmmakers at the time, and behind-the-scenes glimpses.

John Cameron Mitchell comes across as talented, articulate, and enormously charismatic; and this documentary manages to be entertaining and informative as well as being very clear-eyed about the creative process from which Hedwig grew. I especially enjoyed the stretch which depicted the transformation of a dilapidated hotel in New York City into a theatre. This is a very good documentary which transcends its 'DVD extra' origins to become a fascinating film in its own right.


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