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2 items from 2013


“I Am Divine” Is Exactly That

25 October 2013 12:03 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

On a quiet street in late-1950′s suburban Baltimore – Baltimore! – an apple-cheeked upper-middle-class family moves in and two young men become neighbors by sheer coincidence. No one in their right mind could have predicted that these two boys would form a friendship that would last decades and unleash onto an unsuspecting public some of the most gloriously perverse collaborations in film history.

Then again, the world had never seen the likes of John Waters and Harris Glenn Milstead before.

The criminally entertaining new documentary I Am Divine yanks the cha-cha heels and wipes the liberally-applied makeup off of one of our true queer pop culture pioneers: Divine.  Part drag queen, part vixen, part psychopath, and all woman (well, not quite), Divine subverted pretty much everything Hollywood had to say about women, sexuality, glamor, and common decency. Her face – often made up in garish, twisted masks and screaming to bring the walls down – is known everywhere. »

- Brian Juergens

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"I Am Divine" Director Jeffrey Schwarz Explores the Life of the Iconic John Waters Muse

9 April 2013 12:25 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Divine in the cult classic “Pink Flamingos

The documentary I Am Divine made its world premiere at this year's SXSW Film Festival and as the title suggests, it documents the life and times of the iconic Divine, the mother of all drag performers. Divine worshippers and newbies will be happy to know that this movie has all the crazy and outlandish antics expected from the late great performer, but it's also surprisingly intimate, heartfelt, and a bit somber.

All of us remember our first encounter with the lovely Divine (born Harris Glenn Milstead). More than likely, you know her from John Waters' Pink Flamingos (a.k.a. The movie where she eats dog poo). It wasn't any different for Jeffrey Schwarz, director of the film. He was in his teenage years when he started worshipping at the altar of Divine.

“I had read about Pink Flamingos before actually seeing it, »

- Dino-Ray

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