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The life and times of Baltimore film maker and midnight movie pioneer, John Waters. Intercut with a 1972 interview of Waters are clips from his first films and recent interviews with his parents, his brother, Divine's mom, actors and crew, other directors, film critics, a film curator, psychologists, and Maryland's last censor, who shudders at the memory of Waters's pictures. Also included is footage of Waters making his early movies, culminating in an up-close and in-depth look at Pink Flamingos: the script, the set, the filming conditions, its editing, its distribution, and its impact. In sweet ways, this documentary is also a celebration of Divine (1945-1988). Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$750 (USA) (19 May 2000)

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$39,842 (USA) (14 July 2000)
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John Waters: Underground films are... I guess what most people think of underground films are films that were made on a very cheap budget with unknown people, that sort of play sporadically. You don't really know where they're playing, you have to sort of look for them.
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Really good, but there needs to be so much more...
29 September 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This documentary is about the influences that led to the films of John Waters as well as in-depth discussions of his early work. I particularly enjoyed seeing the parents of Waters and Divine's mother being interviewed because they seemed so normal and nice! Other interviews, the use of archival footage (for those who have since died, such as David Lochary, Divine and Edith Massey) and film clips all make up DIVINE TRASH.

In viewing the documentary, you'd almost swear that Waters stopped making films after PINK FLAMINGOS--at least until he made PECKER two and a half decades later. I say this because almost no mention at all is made of any of the films in between other than a very brief clip from FEMALE TROUBLE and DESPERATE LIVING. I understand why this wasn't done--the film was only 96 minutes long, but it still seemed a bit remiss for neglecting to even mention the other films or talk about how the director made the odd transition from beyond the fringe to mainstream.

However, I won't be a total party-pooper. What I did see, I really liked--but I was sure left wanting to see so much more as well as hear about his stock actors. Divine was discussed in some depth, but the others really seemed unimportant--and this is far from true.

Maybe this should be made as a mini-series or perhaps have a sequel or two.


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