The Criterion Collection’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch special edition is out this week!

With this trailblazing musical, writer-director-star John Cameron Mitchell and composer-lyricist Stephen Trask brought their signature creation from stage to screen for a movie as unclassifiable as its protagonist.

Raised a boy in East Berlin, Hedwig (Mitchell) undergoes a traumatic personal transformation in order to emigrate to the U.S., where she reinvents herself as an “internationally ignored” but divinely talented rock diva, characterized by Mitchell as a “beautiful gender of one.”

The film tells Hedwig’s life story through her music, an eclectic collection of original punk anthems and power ballads by Trask, matching them with a freewheeling cinematic mosaic of music-video fantasies, animated interludes, and moments of bracing emotional realism. A hard-charging song cycle and a tender character study, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a tribute to the transcendent power of rock and roll.

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John Cameron Mitchell’s How to Talk to Girls at Parties is Coming Soon to DVD & Blu-ray

John Cameron Mitchell, director of the acclaimed films Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Shortbus wants to teach you How to Talk to Girls at Parties. His new film takes us to an exotic and unusual world: suburban London in the late 1970s. Under the spell of the Sex Pistols, every teenager in the country wants to be a punk, including our hopeless hero Enn (Alex Sharp). Crashing local punk queen Boadicea’s party, Enn discovers every boy’s dream – gorgeous foreign exchange students. When he meets the enigmatic Zan (Elle Fanning), it’s love at first sight.

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How to Talk to Girls at Parties

John Cameron Mitchell is ready to teach you How to Talk to Girls at Parties

John Cameron Mitchell, director of the acclaimed films Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Shortbus wants to teach you How to Talk to Girls at Parties. His new film takes us to an exotic and unusual world: suburban London in the late 1970s. Under the spell of the Sex Pistols, every teenager in the country wants to be a punk, including our hopeless hero Enn (Alex Sharp). Crashing local punk queen Boadicea’s party, Enn discovers every boy’s dream – gorgeous foreign exchange students. When he meets the enigmatic Zan (Elle Fanning), it’s love at first sight.

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