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  • Mike Leavitt
    Nov 21, 2004
      Hello Gerry

      On 11/22/04, you wrote:

      > --- In gnosticism2@yahoogroups.com, Mike Leavitt <ac998@l...> wrote:
      >> The meat loaf site locked up my first browser, and just gave me his
      >> picture and large black areas on the other two, so while you were
      >> right about meathead, I still don't know who meatloaf was. I sent
      >> the link to work to look at it in IE, and I guess that will make
      >> the site work so I will then know who he was. He looks like Jeb
      >> Clampet's son in The Beverly Hillbillies, but....
      >> Regards
      >> --
      >> Mike Leavitt
      > Geeez, Mike, you must have been pretty busy since the 70's . . . ,
      > but if "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" and the _Rocky Horror Picture
      > Show_ don't ring any bells for you, then Cari's link may not help
      > you anyway.
      > Going back to the beginning, here's a very brief plot outline for
      > the movie I mentioned earlier:
      > "A transexual punk rock girl from East Berlin tours the US with her
      > rock band as she tells her life story and follows [i.e. "stalks"]
      > the ex-boyfriend/bandmate who stole her songs."
      > http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0248845/
      > The "ex-boyfriend" there is a reference to the character of Tommy
      > Gnosis, whom I described previously as stealing and bastardizing
      > Hedwig's music. There is a point in the film where the protagonist
      > realizes not only that Tommy has abandoned her in pursuit of his own
      > stardom, but that he isn't fully aware of the meaning of the lyrics,
      > for example, changing the name of the god "Osiris" to "Cyrus" in the
      > song "Origin of Love." This is what I was alluding to with regards
      > to popular understanding of "Gnosticism." Tommy managed to make his
      > stage name (Gnosis) a pop icon, even though he was still somewhat
      > ignorant of the actual meaning of the lyrics which Hedwig had
      > provided him. As a proponent of the importance of meaning, I suppose
      > that part of the film really stuck in my craw.
      > Anyway, it was interesting to see PMCV's mention of Meat Loaf. I'm
      > sure he'll clarify if I read him incorrectly, but the reference
      > might have come from the fact that this film, like the Rocky Horror
      > Picture Show (in which Meat Loaf appeared), was also a campy
      > production. He might have also found a similarity in musical styles.
      > In fact, Meat Loaf had considered performing a couple songs from the
      > "Hedwig" soundtrack on an album he was working on at the time, but
      > ended up not having enough room, if I recall correctly.
      > For the record, "campy" is not to be taken as a disparaging comment
      > above. On the contrary, I think it lends to the endearing humor of
      > the film, which also conveys the profound story of an individual's
      > quest for "wholeness." As I said earlier, the movie was both funny
      > and moving
      > Honestly, even if I hadn't appreciated the movie for its
      > philosophical merit, I'd probably still recommend it to friends just
      > for the dialogue and visuals . . . especially in the Gummi-Bärchen
      > scene . . . or perhaps for any of the references to young Hedwig
      > (Hansel) having to play in the oven! ;-)
      > Gerry

      My only memeory of the Rocky Horror thing was watching people line up
      outside this theater that played it for five years straight. I was
      never into the underground movie thing and never saw it, and never
      cared to. Oh well, different strokes....

      Mike Leavitt ac998@...
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