THE DANISH GIRL – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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danishgirlposter I’m not sure The Danish Girl does justice to Lili Elbe, to the transgender cause, or even to the notion that there are binaries that need to be smashed. I simply never believed that Copenhagen landscape painter Einar Wegener was harboring the secret that someone who appeared to the outside world to be a he was actually a she. It’s not that Eddie Redmayne, who portrays the artist, is too masculine for the role; he’s actually quite pretty as Lili, but I’m not talking about appearances. It’s that there isn’t an inkling of support anywhere in the film for the idea that Einar really is a transgender woman. Read more>>

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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson is a freelance writer on film, TV, DVD, and pop culture from New York City and now based in London. She is the webmaster and sole critic at, which debuted in 1997 and is now one of the most popular, most respected, and longest-running movie-related sites on the Internet. Her film reviews also appear in a variety of alternative-weekly newspapers across the U.S. Johanson is one of only a few film critics who is a member of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (the Webby organization), an invitation-only, 500-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities. She is also a member of the Online Film Critics Society. She has appeared as a cultural commentator on BBC Radio, LBC-London, and on local radio programs across North America, and she served as a judge at the first Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival at the 2003 I-Con, the largest SF convention on the East Coast. She is the author of The Totally Geeky Guide to The Princess Bride, and is an award-winning screenwriter. Read Johanson's recent articles below. For her archive, type "MaryAnn Johanson" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).