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I Am Divine (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 1 April 2014 (USA)
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How Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, became John Waters' cinematic muse and an international drag icon.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Divine ... Himself (archive footage)
Michael Musto ... Himself
Mark Payne Mark Payne ... Himself
Greg Gorman ... Himself
Mink Stole ... Herself
John Waters ... Himself
Vincent Peranio Vincent Peranio ... Himself
Frances Milstead Frances Milstead ... Herself
Diana Evans Diana Evans ... Herself
Dennis Dermody Dennis Dermody ... Himself
Pat Moran ... Herself
Susan Lowe ... Herself (as Sue Lowe)
David Lochary David Lochary ... Himself (archive footage)
Mary Vivian Pearce ... Herself
Alonso Duralde Alonso Duralde ... Himself
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How Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, became John Waters' cinematic muse and an international drag icon.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ego, i Divine See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,196, 1 November 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$63,661, 3 January 2014
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Trivia

The film features the final interview with Frances Milstead, Divine's mother, who passed away shortly after. See more »

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The closing credits list certain people as "Perverts," "Maniacs" and "Sh*tkickers," among other designations. See more »

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Features Luminous Procuress (1971) See more »

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I'm So Beautiful
Performed by Divine
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The Life and Times of the Filthiest Woman in the World
2 February 2016 | by pengoboxSee all my reviews

I'm not sure what I was expecting when I watched this movie. Being from Baltimore, I knew vaguely about John Water and Divine, and really almost nothing about drag queens, so I viewed I Am Divine as a complete outsider. This documentary could have gone wrong in so many ways, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was a sensitive and respectful documentary about a legendary figure.

As far as biographical documentaries go, I Am Divine was pretty standard, starting at the beginning of Divine/Glenn Milstead's life and concluding at its end. There usage of archival footage of Divine both in and out of costume was excellent, while the interviews of his close friends and family were very thorough. I found that the talking heads, rather than being too distracting, served to really painted a comprehensive picture of who Divine was. Though the documentary did touch on the issues that Divine faced throughout his life, such as his initial financial struggles, I would have liked to see the movie address them with more depth. However, on the other hand, I think that it's pretty understandable because I Am Divine was clearly meant to be a celebration of an influential figure's life.

I'm glad that I watched this movie. I learned quite a lot about someone who turned out to be enormously influential. Divine had huge hand in shaping current-day drag culture from the prim, debonair queens of the 50s-60s to the loud and colorful drag performers we are familiar with today. I would have loved to see them explore Divine's contemporary impact more in the movie, but alas. I Am Divine could have so easily veered into something that was offensive and mocking, but it stayed so respectful to Divine and who he was as a person. Watch this movie!!


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