Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Pink Flamingos (1972)

No words can adequately describe what it is like watching John Waters' cult-classic, PINK FLAMINGOS. The uninitiated simply will not understand, as it is a film that must be experienced rather than explained. The film centers around Divine, an overweight drag queen who has earned herself the title of "The Filthiest Person Alive" by the local tabloids for her disreputable acts and disgusting living conditions that she shares with Mama Edie, Cotton, and her son, Crackers. Here to steal her throne are Connie and Raymond Marble, an eccentric pair whose excessive wealth has led them to seek out more extreme forms of entertainment. Connie and Raymond's sordid attempts to humiliate and destroy Divine lead to an all out war for the title of "The Filthiest People Alive." PINK FLAMINGOS was purposefully made to shock and disgust, with the intent of using the film's notoriety to boost John Waters' career. Needless to say, it worked. There are no lines that won't be crossed in this circus of depravity, from bestiality, rape, incest, and torture, to the final infamous shot of Divine scooping up freshly-squeezed dog poop and eating before the camera. Mama is kept in a playpen as she babbles on about eggs, while Crackers is out back experimenting with his new chicken fetish for Cotton to look in on. Over at the Marble residence, we learn that Connie and Raymond have been kidnapping girls and impregnating them so that they can turn a quick profit on the babies before murdering their mothers. And this is just a taste of the insanity that is in store. The atrocious acting and absurd plot only add to the trashy camp and utterly dark yet hilarious humor in PINK FLAMINGOS. Waters would go on to direct a number of popular cult comedies, though nothing could ever compare to his first underground hit.

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