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Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Christine Jorgensen Story

Newly released to video as part of MGM’s Limited Edition Collection, The Christine Jorgensen Story is no classic, to put it mildly, but it’s an amusing period piece, already dated by the time it was released. The subject matter must have been shocking or at least titillating in 1970: the true story of the first sex-change operation to get major press coverage. George Jorgensen, uncomfortable growing up as an “All-American boy,” went to Denmark in 1956 and returned to New York as Christine. The tabloids had a field day.

But the style of the movie is not sensationalistic, or even particularly exciting. It's a by-the-numbers Hollywood docudrama.


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