Sunday, December 09, 2007

John Waters - Filth 101. European Graduate School - 2000

Runs approx 40 minutes

Youtube: John Waters, American filmmaker, director, writer, personality, visual artist and art collector talking about his films, work, biography, ideas and philosophy. John Waters, born 1946, in a public open lecture with students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS, Media and Communication Studies department, film and movie program, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, Europe, 2000. John Waters.
John Waters rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films. John Waters' early films were all shot in the Baltimore area with his company of local actors, the Dreamlanders. In addition to Divine, the group included Mink Stole, Cookie Mueller, Edith Massey, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, and others. These early films were among the first picked up for distribution by New Line Cinema. John Waters' films premiered at the Baltimore Senator Theatre and sometimes at the Charles Theatre. John Waters' early campy movies present filthily lovable characters in outrageous situations with hyperbolic dialogue. His early films, Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, and Desperate Living, which he labeled the Trash Trilogy, pushed hard at the boundaries of conventional propriety and movie censorship. A particularly notorious final segment of Pink Flamingos, simply added in as a non sequitur to the end of the film, featured, in one take without special effects, a small dog defecating and Divine eating the feces. The 1981 film Polyester starred Divine opposite once-teen-idol Tab Hunter. John Waters films have become less controversial and more mainstream, although works such as Hairspray, Cry-Baby and Serial Mom still retain his trademark inventiveness. The film Hairspray was turned into a hit Broadway musical, which swept the 2003 Tony Awards, and a movie adaption of the Broadway musical was released in theaters on July 20, 2007.
John Waters' most recent film, the NC-17-rated A Dirty Shame, is a move back toward his earlier, more controversial work of the 1970s. He also had a cameo in Jackass: Number Two, which starred Dirty Shame co-star Johnny Knoxville. John Waters has stated that his next movie will be a children's film titled "Fruitcake". John Waters is currently a professor of Cinema and Subcultural Studies at the European Graduate School. In 2007, he also became the host (as "The Groom Reaper") of 'Til Death Do Us Part, a program on America's Court TV network featuring dramatizations of real-life marriages that soured and ended in murder. A gay American, Waters is an avid supporter of gay rights and gay pride.[4] He is also a supporter of the United States Democratic Party.
Waters has been known to create characters with alliterated names for his movies including Tracy Turnblad, Motormouth Maybelle, Dawn Davenport, Donald Dasher, Link Larkin, Penny Pingleton, Sylvia Stickles, Wade Walker, Wanda Woodward, Mona Malnorowski, David Divine, Bo-Bo Belsinger, Francine Fishpaw, Sandra Sullivan, Prudy Pingleton, Todd Tomorrow, Mole McHenry, Ursula Udders, Fat Fuck Frank, and Ramona Rickettes.

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