Independent producer and author John Pierson (Spike, Mike, Slackers and Dykes) defines the 1970s American indie scene as "the three Johns: John Cassavetes, John Sayles, and John Waters." John Waters, Baltimore's king of sleaze, in such classy company? According to Pierson in this 1998 documentary, Waters had an even more profound impact on American cinema. Director Steve Yeager, a Waters intimate for decades (he plays a bit part in Pink Flamingos), gathers the surviving members of his stock company for a portrait of the director, from backyard puppet show impresario to the transgressive underground and exploitation director who grossed out America in the 1970s. A generous array of film clips is enriched with archival interviews with Divine, David Lochary, and Edith Massey, and a chorus of film critics and underground and independent directors.
Fully half of the film chronicles the making of Pink Flamingos, with actual behind-the-scenes footage from the shoot (including the most priceless direction ever captured on film: "David, act some more"). A plentiful portion pays tribute to Divine ("the Godzilla of drag queens"), whom Waters calls "my Elizabeth Taylor." The only real disappointment in this rich and highly entertaining documentary is that it ends with Flamingos, as if his entire career since is a mere coda to this cultural touchstone. But this portrait is so rich and detailed that it's a forgivable directorial choice. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I've seen only three of Waters' movies, which is plenty, and I enjoyed this documentary, but five stars? C'mon! Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2003 by David F. Nolan
Although this documentary mainly focuses on "Pink Flamingos", it is still enterataining to watch and very thorough. Read morePublished on April 17 2002 by Michael B.
As a die hard Waters fan, I thought I knew everything. Nu uh. Very good interviews/footage. A must for people that thrive on filth.Published on March 12 2002 by SMX
This great documentary covering the early works of John Waters lets the "cats out of the proverbial bags". Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2002 by Marty From SF
THIS VIDEO IS A FASCINATING LOOK BEHIND-THE-SCENES AND INTO THE MINDS OF JOHN WATERS AND THE ORIGINAL DREAMLANDERS. Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2001 by TJAMES03
While the film does focus on Waters' early work, especially on "Pink Flamingoes", it is an excellent view into the history and mind of the director. Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2001 by Jonathon
...I can't believe this archive even exists, and has been in hiding all these years! It was surreal seeing Edith Massey, David Lochary and Divine (in drag during filming Pink... Read morePublished on July 26 2000 by BuyCurious
This ambitious documentary concentrates on the legendary bad taste classic Pink Flamingos. Here are interviewed all the cast & crew including the deceased David Locharty and of... Read morePublished on July 24 2000