Life’s a Drag

Life’s a Drag

2 Episodes

Blake Edwards’s gender-bending boudoir musical VICTOR/VICTORIA gave a dazzling Julie Andrews one of her greatest roles—as a cabaret singer who becomes the toast of Paris by pretending to a be a man who impersonates a woman—and stands as one of the wittiest and most irresistible comedies of the 1980s. But did you know that it is actually a remake? Produced in the waning days of the Weimar Republic, the German original, VICTOR AND VICTORIA, is a no less charming and subversive affair, a sly sex comedy that, in its unabashed queerness, seems decades ahead of almost anything else produced in the 1930s.

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Life’s a Drag
  • Victor and Victoria

    Episode 1

    Directed by Reinhold Schünzel • 1933 • Germany
    Starring Renate Müller, Hermann Thimig, Hilde Hildebrand

    In this dazzling musical romance, a young woman (Renate Müller), unable to find work as a music-hall singer, partners with a down-and-out thespian (Hermann Thimig) to revamp her act. Pretendin...

  • Victor/Victoria

    Episode 2

    Directed by Blake Edwards • 1982 • United Kingdom, United States
    Starring Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston

    Blake Edwards’s brilliant boudoir farce stars a never-better Julie Andrews as Victoria Grant, a struggling 1930s cabaret singer who cooks up a scheme that makes her the toast of ...