“Pink Flamingos” (1972)

Films And Lice

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By Jerome Reuter

John Waters is without a doubt a filmmaker who is completely unapologetic. His films are lewd, low brow, and offensive. As you might imagine, I absolutely love them. An Auteur with a taste for filth, sleaze, and everything the average person would refer to as distasteful. Waters is without a doubt, a cornerstone of the counter culture. His magnum opus is his 1972 exploitation/black comedy classic Pink Flamingos. Starring his muse,  late drag legend Divine. The film itself has achieved legendary cult status, and for over 25 years has both captivated and reviled viewers.

What is it about this film ? Why are we obsessed with a film shot with grainy 16mm film stock? Why are we drawn into a story about someone trying to usurp someones title as the Filthiest person alive? Why is the soundtrack soundtrack composed almost entirely of hits that you might…

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