THE PLOT THUS FAR
I Had to Make It As a Woman. There Was No Return.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“The Christine Jorgensen Story” traces the life of George Jorgensen, a confused young man who has always had the impulses of a female, from his difficult childhood to his army stint and success as a fashion photographer to his journey to Scandanavia and the subsequent operation. Along the way we’re dished up a brain-broiling stew of equal parts overripe soap opera and freakish psychodrama.
As a child, George secretly dresses up in his sister’s dresses and plays with her dolls. As he grows older, George tries to suppress his feminine impulses by joining the army. During basic training, he hallucinates that the sandbag he is supposed to practice bayonetting is a doll he once pined for in a shop window as a child. After the military, he becomes a photographer. While on a location shoot, he is nearly raped by his closeted boss and finds sympathy in one of the models.
Eddie Frank and Trent Lehman make little impact as George at various stages of childhood, and when he grows up and John Hansen steps into the role, the whole mess gets campy. I don’t know where Rapper and company found this guy, but he is not terribly feminine as a man, and then after the transformation, in a dress, he is positively butch. Certainly the real Christine Jorgensen was a more convincing woman than this rather-too-muscular young man, who in addition to being too husky for the role, isn’t much of an actor.
The DVD comes with no special features. But, you get amazing A/V Quality for a movie on a DVD-R disc. The audio also sounds much more cleaned up than the version I see floating around premium cable. The transfer still comes across a little rough, but that’s what you get for an unremastered film like this. I’d recommend a purchase for all Grindhouse movie fans.
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!