Director John Waters of PINK FLAMINGOS infamy . . .
. . . more or less suggests that if FOOTLIGHT PARADE came out Today, it might be rated NC-17 (hey, I guess that it takes a Pornographer to know one). Coming from someone whose main claim to fame is convincing a Transsexual Actperson to make like a fly and orally clean up after a dog does its business on a filthy public sidewalk adjacent to a Baltimore gutter, that says a lot. Fortunately, FOOTLIGHT PARADE itself involves no Scatological Coprophagia. However, what Busby Berkeley's Big Hit actually DOES feature is given somewhat disappointing G-rated coverage here, rather that the R-classified treatment the material demands. FOOTLIGHT PARADE: MUSIC FOR THE DECADES says that this Warner Bros. flick set the stage for Esther Williams' mermaid movie career, but that's as far as it goes. However, most consumers of American Pop Culture will see the fountains spurting into Chorines' Crotches amid Busby's multi-tiered spinning Lazy Susan crammed chock full of scantily-clad "girls" and immediately realize that this is where performance artist\actress Annie Sprinkle and her backers found their initial inspiration. It's also easy to see a lot of WeeWee Billy Barty in Kevin Hart's raunchier "comedy" routines of Today. So no one can accuse these SUGAR-COATERS FOR THE DECADES of being Progressive about Cinema Sex.
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