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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, 21 May 2000

Gross USA:

$39,842
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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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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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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