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Divine Trash (1998)

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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Waters ... Himself
Pat Waters Pat Waters ... Herself (as Patricia Waters)
John Waters Sr. John Waters Sr. ... Himself
Steve Buscemi ... Himself
Mink Stole ... Herself
Steve Waters Steve Waters ... Himself - John Waters' brother
Herschell Gordon Lewis ... Himself
George Kuchar ... Himself
Mike Kuchar ... Himself
Pat Moran ... Herself
Bill Landis Bill Landis ... Himself - author
George Figgs George Figgs ... Himself
Ken Jacobs Ken Jacobs ... Himself
Mary Avara Mary Avara ... Herself, the last film censor in America
Lou Cedrone Jr. Lou Cedrone Jr. ... Himself - former film critic
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Священный трэш See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$750, 19 May 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$39,842, 16 July 2000
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Divine Trash,Stratosphere See more »
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Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Mary Vivian Pearce: He
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Mary Vivian Pearce: acted out all the parts himself at rehearsals and we just tried to imitate him, the way he was doing it. He was better than anybody!
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Kenneth Anger and Russ Meyer declined to be interviewed for this film. See more »

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Really good, but there needs to be so much more...
29 September 2009 | by MartinHaferSee 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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