A day in the lives of a hit-and-run driver and her victim, and the bizarre things that happen to them before and after they collide (sexual assault by a crazed foot-fetishist, visions of ... See full summary »
A suburban housewife's world falls apart when she finds that her pornographer husband is serially unfaithful to her, her daughter is pregnant, and her son is suspected of being the foot-fetishist who's been breaking local women's feet.
Notorious Baltimore criminal and underground figure Divine goes up against a sleazy married couple who make a passionate attempt to humiliate her and seize her tabloid-given title as "The Filthiest Person Alive".
John Waters' first sixteen-millimetre film, about a deranged nanny who kidnaps young girls and forces them to 'model themselves to death' in front of her boyfriend and their crazed friends.... See full summary »
A talented young photographer, who enjoys snapping photos of his satirical, perverted Baltimore neighborhood and his wacky family, gets dragged into a world of pretentious artists from New York City and finds newfound fame.
The travelling sideshow 'Lady Divine's Cavalcade of Perversions' is actually a front for a group of psychotic kidnappers, with Lady Divine herself the most vicious and depraved of all - but her life changes after she gets raped by a fifteen-foot lobster...Written by
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From the 2016 BluRay: Restoration - The original 16 mm black-and-white reversal positive was scanned in 4K resolution at Metropolis Post in New York City. The original 16 mm monaural magnetic soundtrack was digitized in 96K 24-bit resolution at DJ Audio in Burbank, Ca. The digital picture and sound restoration was performed at The Criterion Collection in New York City, and supervised by John Waters See more »
(possible spoilers) The original UK video release by Castle Video was cut to remove an entire sequence where Divine and Mink Stole have a sexual experience involving Divine being sodomized by Mink's rosary beads during a vision/fantasy of Jesus Christ being whipped and nailed to the cross, and his death on the cross. The UK Blu-ray from criterion was passed without cuts- but this version has most of the music altered. See more »
The films of John Waters aren't to all tastes, but if you like, say Pink Flamingos, then you'll love Multiple Maniacs.
Waters' film-making career can be divided roughly into four categories:
unseen first works (Roman Candles, Hag in a Black Leather Jacket, Eat Your Makeup)
early filthy works (Multiple Maniacs, Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble)
more mainstream works (Polyester, Hairspray, Crybaby)
later missing-the-mark works (Serial Mom, Pecker, Cecil B. Demented)
In my opinion, there's no question that his early filthy works are the best and that Multiple Maniacs is perhaps the best of the three (or at least tying with Pink Flamingos).
Some of the reviewers here criticize the film for being badly acted or low budget. That's missing the point. Waters' films were never meant to couple the acting of Olivier with Industrial Light and Magic special effects. These are low budget gems that deliver equal amounts of shock and laughter.
Multiple Maniacs is one of Waters most perfect films in terms of the dialogue. The continual arguing between Lady Divine and Mr. David (the wonderful and elegant David Lochary) is almost operatic. The rest of the characters (most from John Waters early ensemble, the Dreamlanders) is absolutely outstanding. Mink Stole and Mary Vivian Pearce are pin-point perfect and Edith Massey is a gem in her screen debut. The late, great and much-missed Cookie Mueller gives the best performance of her career as the free wheeling daughter of Divine.
A black and white treasure from John Waters early career. Brilliant dialogue, hilarious scenes and a bravura climax make Multiple Maniacs a cinematic masterpiece.
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