I love a good musical film, and there are certainly a lot of stage adaptations to choose from, such as Dreamgirls, Hairspray, Mamma Mia, Caberet, Rent, Chicago, Nine and Moulin Rouge. Move off the musicals radar and you'll find independent gems like Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Dancer in the Dark. All wonderful films with great soundtracks. Films you may all be familiar with. However there is one musical film you might not have heard of. The most sensational musical on celuloid. A musical with the most outrageous story line, plot, characters and musical sequences you will ever see. It is of course 20 Centimeters. A fabulous slice of camp cinema from Spain.
Director Ramón Salazar’s 20 Centimeters tells the story of Marieta (Mónica Cervera) a narcoleptic, transsexual woman who longs to get rid of her 8 inch penis that separates her from being the glamorous woman she so desperately wants to become. Whenever Marieta falls asleep, usually during the most inopportune times, her dreams become lavish and colorful musical numbers, where as a real woman she can sing and dance her way through life. Most notable musical sequences come when Marieta breaks into I Want To Break Free (Queen) in an operating room right before she's about to have the chop, and there's a rather funny rendition of Madonna's True Blue with drag queens and prams. So if you're like me and like musical films, why not grab 20 Centimeters for something a little different. You can watch the trailer by clicking the link below.