mellivia in 5x15, pencils down “i guarantee you there is no one on this planet as stubborn and as arrogant and as big a pain in the ass as mellie grant. and yet, somehow, i think she’d make a great president.”
If you’re hankering for a heavy dose of sleaze, you need look no further than John Waters’ 1970 sophomore feature, Multiple Maniacs, which joined our collection this week and is now streaming on the Criterion Channel. Made in Waters’ beloved hometown of Baltimore when he was only twenty-four, this low-budget shocker tears through the sanctimoniousness of suburban America with a ferocity that few of the director’s contemporaries have mustered. In the NSFW excerpt below, the Pope of Trash can be heard at his wisecracking best on the audio commentary, guiding viewers through a scene in which his larger-than-life muse Divine lounges naked at the Cavalcade of Perversion, a traveling tent show introduced at the film’s opening. Watch the clip for Waters’ insights into the influence of foreign cinema on his work, the ironic humor that kept his films from being embraced by grindhouse audiences, and Divine’s emulation of Elizabeth Taylor.
I’ve struggled with my appearance and body image my entire life, and a foolproof solution to particularly low periods is always watching a John Waters movie.
I’m not traditionally pretty person, I’m fat (and even when I wasn’t I thought I was), I’m queer, and I grew up poorer than dirt.
While the rest of the world says I’m trash, John Waters tells me that trash is fabulous.
That fat girls can be sexy, filthy, fierce badasses.
That the glitz and glamour of the thrift store is the highest form of fashion.
That queerness is glorious, and a blessing .
Thank you, Trash Pope, Saint John of the Waters for showing me I’m better than fine, not despite being different but precisely because I am.