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All the Dirt on 'A Dirty Shame' (2005)

Not Rated | | Documentary | Video 14 June 2005
John Waters and the cast and crew of "A Dirty Shame" discuss sex addiction, sexual terms and all things relating to filth and perversions in Dreamland.






Cast overview, first billed only:
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... Herself
... Himself
... Herself
... Herself
... Herself
Vincent Peranio ... Himself
Van Smith ... Himself
Channing Wilroy ... Himself
... Himself
... Herself
... Himself
... Himself
Alan J. Wendl ... Himself
... Herself


"All the Dirt on A Dirty Shame" is a behind-the-scenes documentary about John Waters' sexploitation movie, "A Dirty Shame". In it, Waters, his cast and crew discuss everything from their love of shooting movies in Baltimore, various sex fetishes, its NC-17 rating, the prosthetics design of Selma Blair's breasts to insights on the origins and formation of the 'Dreamlanders' and the history of sexploitation films. Written by Anonymous

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A necessary addition to "A Dirty Shame"
28 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

I think it's really important that if you get the DVD for "A Dirty Shame" that you also watch this exceptional "making of" documentary. That's because it is just jam-packed full of interesting stories, production information, background, etc. that make the movie come alive.

In addition, and this surprised me, but you learn that although the film talks about some insanely bizarre paraphilias, the people making the film are amazingly conservative sexually. Even John Waters admits that he didn't know what some of these odd terms and fetishes were and that a few of them grossed him out as well! This made anyone watching the original movie understand that they, too, felt uncomfortable at times. In particular, the saga of how they got Big Ethel to do the part was a hoot.

For fans of the Waters' films, this is an absolute must. Watch it.

By the way, although Chris Isaak was in the movie in one of the leading roles, he was nowhere to be seen in this film. Wonder why?!

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