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‘Bowling for Columbine,’ ‘Female Trouble,’ and More Coming to the Criterion Collection

‘Bowling for Columbine,’ ‘Female Trouble,’ and More Coming to the Criterion Collection
The Criterion Collection is going bowling. Michael Moore’s Oscar-winning documentary “Bowling for Columbine” will be released on DVD and Blu-ray by the Collection this June, ditto “Manila in the Claws of Light,” “El Sur,” “Female Trouble,” and a new edition of Ingmar Bergman’s “The Virgin Spring.”

16 years later, Moore’s take on America’s gun culture in general and the aftermath of the school shooting at Columbine in particular feels more relevant than ever, making this new release nothing if not timely. More information — and, as ever, cover art — below.

Manila in the Claws of Light

Lino Brocka broke through to international acclaim with this candid portrait of 1970s Manila, the second film in the director’s turn to more serious-minded filmmaking after building a career on mainstream films he described as ‘soaps.’ A young fisherman from a provincial village arrives in the capital on a quest to track down his girlfriend,
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Mark Reviews John Waters’ Multiple Maniacs [Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review]

From the opening of Multiple Maniacs when Mr. David introduces us to Lady Divine’s Cavalcade of Perversion are we being introduced to John Waters’ own perversion? And how long do we want to stay? Divine’s entrance is as an engorged Elizabeth Taylor bathed in shimmering white light furthering the early mystique of Divine and her Cavacade. From robbing to rosaries, movie posters to murder John Waters is “performing acts” as we have truly entered Waters’ World.

“Produced, directed, written, filmed, and edited by John Waters” – auteur: check. Multiple Maniacs is not a high-budget film and was certainly never screened before the hours of midnight in the 1970’s. Waters made the film for $5000 borrowed from his father also borrowing the land surrounding their house to set the film. During the making of his first film, Mondo Trasho, he was arrested by the police so the early scenes of Multiple Maniacs
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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Being There,’ ‘Fire at Sea,’ ‘Multiple Maniacs,’ and More

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Being There (Hal Ashby)

On paper, there’s an implausibility to the central conceit of Being There that could have resulted in a four-quadrant studio comedy forgotten soon after its release. However, with Hal Ashby’s delicate touch — bringing Jerzy Kosiński and Robert C. Jones‘ adaptation to life — and Peter Sellers‘ innocent deadpan delivery, this 1979 film is a carefully observed look at how those we interact with can offer an introspective mirror into our own lives. “There’s so much left to do,
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Multiple Maniacs

Multiple Maniacs

Blu-ray

1970 / Black and White /96 Min. / 1:66 / Street Date March 21, 2017

Starring: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce and Mink Stole.

Cinematography: John Waters

Film Editor: John Waters

Written by John Waters

Produced by John Waters

Directed by John Waters

Andy Warhol was nothing if not a multi-media maven. Along with his ubiquitous silkscreens and sculpture, he embraced movie-making beginning as early as 1963 with such literal-minded efforts as Haircut (a haircut) and Taylor Mead’s Ass (one hour of exactly what you think) and pretty much closed shop with 1968’s Lonesome Cowboys, a 109 minute western satire that, of all his films, came closest to approximating a traditional tinseltown production.

Essentially Warhol was parodying the Hollywood studio system, rounding up his acolytes and hangers-on, from supermodels to pushers, and casting them as regular performers in a series of deadpan documentaries. Meanwhile in the wilds of Baltimore, Warhol fan John Waters
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Newswire: “Fuck normal,” David Simon says during passionate John Waters tribute

One beloved Baltimore artist paid homage to another at the New York edition of the Writers Guild Awards ceremony last night. The Wire’s David Simon introduced John Waters, who was receiving the Ian McLellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement. Simon recounted how he “completely humiliated“ himself when he first met Waters as a reporter covering a memorial for Edith Massey, otherwise known as “the Egg Lady,” and was more interested in her “outrageousness” than her humanity.

The two eventually became close enough that Waters officiated Simon‘s wedding to his wife Laura Lippman. But Simon didn’t dwell on anecdotes about his friendship with the legendary writer-director. Instead, the crux of Simon’s speech was his eloquent articulation of Waters’ ”gift,” which is simply: “Fuck normal.” Here’s an excerpt:

Fuck normal. Fuck normal. There is no normal. Normal’s a lie. Normal’s a lock gate, a wall
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UK poster and trailer for John Waters’ Multiple Maniacs

Back in December Park Circus and Janus Films announced that they are bringing John WatersMultiple Maniacs to UK cinemas in its uncut form for the very first time this February, and now we’ve got a poster and trailer for the release; check them out here…

John Waters’ gloriously grotesque, unavailable-for-decades second feature comes to cinemas at long last, replete with all manner of depravity, from robbery to murder to one of cinema’s most memorably blasphemous moments. Made on a shoestring budget in Baltimore, with Waters taking on nearly every technical task, this gleeful mockery of the peace-and-love ethos of its era features the Cavalcade of Perversion, a traveling show put on by a troupe of misfits whose shocking proclivities are topped only by those of their leader: the glammer-than-glam, larger-than-life Divine, who’s out for blood after discovering her lover’s affair.

Starring Waters’ beloved regular cast,
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John Waters’ Multiple Maniacs set for theatrical release in February

Park Circus and Janus Films have announced that John Waters’ lost classic Multiple Maniacs is set for a UK theatrical release in its full, incut version for the very first time this February. Here’s the official press release:

John Waters’ gloriously grotesque, unavailable-for-decades second feature comes to cinemas at long last, replete with all manner of depravity, from robbery to murder to one of cinema’s most memorably blasphemous moments. Made on a shoestring budget in Baltimore, with Waters taking on nearly every technical task, this gleeful mockery of the peace-and-love ethos of its era features the Cavalcade of Perversion, a traveling show put on by a troupe of misfits whose shocking proclivities are topped only by those of their leader: the glammer-than-glam, larger-than-life Divine, who’s out for blood after discovering her lover’s affair.

Starring Waters’ beloved regular cast, the Dreamlanders (including David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce,
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

John Waters on Restored 'Multiple Maniacs': A 'Movie to Scare Hippies'

John Waters on Restored 'Multiple Maniacs': A 'Movie to Scare Hippies'
"It's even weirder now than it ever was," John Waters says, reflecting on his newly restored, resplendently profane Multiple Maniacs. "When I was watching it again recently, I was thinking, 'No wonder my parents were uptight.' But I'm proud of it."

The Pope of Trash's 1970 feature stars his greatest muse, the raunchy drag queen Divine, as the ringleader of a homicidal sideshow called the Cavalcade of Perversion that sets up camp in — of course — Baltimore. Vulgarity ensues. The poster for the theatrical re-release, restored from film the director had kept in his closet,
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Beauty vs Beast: Send in the You-Know-Whats

Howdy folks it's Jason from Mnpp here wishing everybody a candy-colored start to a candy-colored week - that's right, today marks the first day of International Clown Week, held every year right at the start of August, aka the best time to make that make-up run right off your face and give you the time honored "Creepy Clown Effect." But while (in a weird but total coincidence) I may have just started re-reading Stephen King's It this week I'm not going to make you think about Scary Clowns today - oh I know for some of you there is no other kind, but I'm going to try to temper that with Auterism because...

... hey remember that scene in Robert Altman's 1993 masterpiece Short Cuts where Claire (Anne Archer), a professional clown, and her husband Stuart (Fred Ward) get blasted at dinner with new friends Marion (Julianne Moore) and Ralph (Matthew Modine
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Trailer For John Waters’ Newly Restored Trash Cinema Masterpiece ‘Multiple Maniacs’

In the rungs of the cinematic ladder, there’s a special place for absolute trashcore madness. A previously hard-to-find, iconic piece of the genre from cult icon John Waters has now been restored and given a new trailer. Called, “Horrendous. Sickening. Revolting. Most distasteful.” by Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Joseph H. H. Kaplan, the film is Multiple Maniacs.

Filmed in Baltimore, it follows “real” people — including Waters’ go-to collaborator Divine — as they seem to putz about and commit crimes, including imagery of a man billed by the trailer as “Jesus Christ” walking through the woods on a cross. In other words, you’ll know right off the bat if this is the type of film for you.

Ahead of a theatrical run in early August and likely Criterion release, see the trailer below.

John Waters’s gloriously grotesque and extremely hard to see second feature comes to theaters at long last,
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John Waters’ Multiple Maniacs Restored by The Criterion Collection and Janus Films

Photo by Lawrence Irvine

The folks at Janus Films and the Criterion Collection have just sent out the announcement that they’ll screen a restored print of John Waters’ 1970 film Multiple Maniacs at the Provincetown Film Festival on June 17th, with a national roll-out this August.

“Restoration is an amazing thing. Finally, Multiple Maniacs looks like a bad John Cassavetes film! I couldn’t be more thrilled!”

John Waters

We saw John Waters stop by the Criterion offices back on November 18th, 2015.

The moment we've all been waiting for.

A photo posted by Criterion Collection (@criterioncollection) on Nov 18, 2015 at 12:16pm Pst

First Preview at the Provincetown Film Festival

Theatrical Premiere in NY August 5 at the IFC Center

National Release To Follow

Provincetown Int’L Ff Screening:

Fri. 6/17 at 10:00pm – Art House 2

214 Commercial Street

John Waters’s gloriously grotesque and extremely hard to see second feature comes to theaters at long last,
See full article at CriterionCast »

Movie Review – Pink Flamingos (1972)

Pink Flamingos, 1972.

Directed by John Waters.

Starring Divine, David Lochary, Mink Stole, Mary Vivian Pearce, Danny Mills and Edith Massey.

Synopsis:

Gross-out comedy as Divine is defending her tabloid crown of ‘The Filthiest Person Alive’…

“The best worst movie ever made” is Steven Jay Schneider’s verdict of Pink Flamingos. Roger Ebert refused to even give the film a star rating, writing how they don’t apply as “it should be considered not as a film but as a fact, or perhaps as an object”. The midnight-screening culture, and the underground cinema scene, has all but finished (Does Lord of the Rings at the IMAX or back-to-back Schwarzenegger at Prince Charles Cinema count?) as we can now access so much through the internet. Pink Flamingos was of that ilk, akin to the obscure art-house and grimy grindhouse flicks of the seventies era. It’s difficult to imagine the crowd who
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RuPaul's Drag Race recap: season seven, episode nine - Divine Inspiration

Filth master John Waters provided the inspiration for the queens this week as the all-singing, all-dancing season seven rolls on

Hello Baltimore (and John Waters)! Not only was the library open tonight, but it was filled with filth, as legendary director Waters graciously allowed the queens to perform skits inspired by the Queen, Divine.

Team Cha-Cha Heels (Kennedy Davenport and Katya) squared off against Team Eggs (Ginger Minj and Trixie Mattel), while Team Poo (Miss Fame, Pearl and Violet Chachki) brought up the rear. And the musical theatre numbers played out as every other musical and/or theatre number has this season: Kennedy couldn’t quite remember her lines, Pearl’s performance was flat, Violet was forgettable and Miss Fame couldn’t take direction. Ginger, Katya and Kennedy were, however, fantastic – especially Ginger, who channeled the Edith Massey from Pink Flamingos so well that they showed a split-screen with the two characters to the audience.
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

Edie the Egg Lady: Underground Movie Star's Life in Orphanage

  • The Wrap
Edie the Egg Lady: Underground Movie Star's Life in Orphanage
Through occasional magazine articles, John Waters' writings and stories, a few paragraphs in movie databases and my short film, "Love Letter to Edie," brief snippets of Edith Massey's life story have drifted along the edges of hipster culture in the 33 years since her underground movie debut in Waters' 1970 film "Multiple Maniacs." Since she was a little girl, Edith had "always wanted to be in the movies." She struggled through a unique and unusually difficult life, generally in poverty while living and working on the bad side of whatever town she
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Something for Everyone at London's Lgbt Fest: From Silence to Sex

The 27th London Lgbt Fest offers tons of screenings in the coming days (Pictured above: Underground transgender superstar Divine in John Waters' 1974 sorta class Female Trouble) This year's London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival officially opened with a gala presentation of Jeffrey Schwarz’s I Am Divine this past Thursday. In the coming week, the festival will be showcasing dozens of features and shorts featuring characters of various forms of sexual orientation and gender identity from all over the world. Among tonight's features is John Waters' 1974 camp classic Female Trouble, starring Waters' muse Divine as a youngster who, after running away from home on Christmas Day, getting raped and pregant, and becoming a single mom, is transmogrified from loving schoolgirl to tough criminal. Waters' stock player Edith Massey plays Aunt Ida, who has obviously spent her life hanging out with the wrong straight crowd, remarking at one point in
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Underground Film Links: December 23, 2012

Short list this week, but I want ya’ll to get your reading over early so you can run out and finish up your Christmas shopping!

This week’s Must Read isn’t underground at all: BadAzz MoFo takes on the subject of African American “squalor porn” and how it applies to the widely acclaimed Beasts of the Southern Wild. He doesn’t slam the film — in fact, he says many nice things about it — but David always has an interesting take on subjects like this that are mandatory reading, with insights such as “the continued acceptance of squalor porn as a persistently accepted representation of black reality is the result of ideological constructs of racism and colonialism, manifested in cinema.” Great food for thought.This is very brief, but J Hoberman has a piece on Jonas Mekas turning 90 tomorrow.The Boulder Weekly has an article about local professor and
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AfterElton Briefs: Super-Sized "Glee," Chris Evans Is Perfect, and an "American Idol" Castoff Blames Gaga

Here is last week's caption pic winner. This week's caption pic is at the bottom of the page.

Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is ...

"Aubrie, no! I said blow out the candles!""

Thanks to John for this week's winning caption! And a special shoutout to Ferkel for his "How the hell are we supposed to put a caption to that picture and keep it PG-13?!" lament.

Weekend Birthdays! (Note: Birthday shoutouts are for out entertainers, allies, or for any celeb that seems to have a following on Ae). James McAvoy (above) is 33, George Takei is 75, Jessica Lange is 63, Andy Serkis is 48, Shemar Moore is 42, Joey Lawrence is 36, Patti Lupone is 63, John Cameron Mitchell is 49, Eric Mabius is 41, Robbie Amell is 24, Charlotte Rae is 86, Jack Nicholson is 75, and Luther Vandross would have been 61. What are your fave Luther songs? Here are mine: 5. "Dance With My Father." 4. "Any Love," 3. "Til My Baby Comes Home,
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Excerpt: Robert Maier On Edith Massey

After Divine, Edith Massey is the most beloved actor in John Waters‘ early Dreamland Studios ensemble. Whether she was playing the Egg Lady in Pink Flamingos, Aunt Ida in Female Trouble, Queen Carlotta in Desperate Living or Cuddles in Polyester, Massey always put in an unforgettable performance. Above, Robert Maier, who worked on most of those films and became good friends with Edie, shares his remembrances with this unique lady hanging out at her thrift store or making his 1972 documentary, Love Letter to Edie, which is available on eBay.

Recently, Maier has been cashing in on his experiences working on Waters’ trashy movies and we say: Thank God! As of this writing, Bad Lit: The Journal of Underground Film is only about a quarter through Maier’s memoir Low Budget Hell: Making Underground Movies With John Waters, but we can unequivocally say that this book is an absolute must read.
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Heaven is Working with John Waters in a Low-Budget Hell: A Crew Member's Memoir

Robert Maier got lucky. He was just out of college when he began working with John Waters on "Female Trouble" and continued to be part of his crew through "Cry-Baby;" he also directed the 1975 short doc "Love Letter to Edie," which profiles Waters' longtime muse Edith Massey. Maier's written up his memoir of those years in the just-released "Low-Budget Hell: Making Underground Movies with John Waters." Per the marketing ...
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John Waters’ Role Models

Although John Waters only makes the occasional, fleeting reference to his movies in his new book, Role Models still offers an oblique insight into his filmmaking career. Allegedly, Waters is writing about the people who have influenced him the most in his life, but his chapters are structured more like an autobiography than portraits of the artists as who they really are.

Waters is one of those filmmakers whose careers you can divide very cleanly in half without any argument by anyone: The first half being his “dirty” movies from Hag in a Black Leather Jacket (1964) to Polyester (1981); followed by the second half of his more “respectable” work beginning with Hairspray (1988) to his last film, A Dirty Shame (2004).

However, the one thing that’s been truly consistent throughout Waters’ entire career has been his unbridled ambition toward mainstream acceptance. While that ambition is hidden beneath layers of filth in his pre-Hairspray films,
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