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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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Steve Yeager
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Waters ... Self
Pat Waters Pat Waters ... Self (as Patricia Waters)
John Waters Sr. John Waters Sr. ... Self
Steve Buscemi ... Self
Mink Stole ... Self
Steve Waters Steve Waters ... Self - John Waters' brother
Herschell Gordon Lewis ... Self
George Kuchar ... Self
Mike Kuchar ... Self
Pat Moran ... Self
Bill Landis Bill Landis ... Self - author
George Figgs ... Self
Ken Jacobs Ken Jacobs ... Self
Mary Avara Mary Avara ... Self - the last film censor in America
Lou Cedrone Jr. Lou Cedrone Jr. ... Self - former film critic
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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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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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Kenneth Anger and Russ Meyer declined to be interviewed for this film. See more »

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References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

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the real queer cinema
27 December 2006 | by jonathan-577See all my reviews

This must be considered a required double bill with The Celluloid Closet, because it nails Waters as avatar of the REAL queer cinema - the stuff that dominated the American underground for decades. And as it describes how contemporary drag queens wanted nothing to do with Divine, one can only imagine their reaction to Waters - his attitude to alternative sexualities being not exactly poster boy material. But I love him so, and this provides priceless behind-the-scenes stuff from Pink Flamingos and interviews old and new. Yes there are the contractually obligatory/utterly irrelevant money faces (Buscemi, Jarmusch etc) prattling about how cool Waters is, but there's also priceless stuff with Waters' family plus an extended, excitingly detailed peek into the underground at large, with gratifying screen time allotted to the Kuchars, Ken Jacobs, Jonas Mekas. And no sign of Tom Hanks anywhere.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 1998 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Opening Weekend USA:

$750, 21 May 2000

Gross USA:

$39,842
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Stereo

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1.85 : 1
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