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Divine Trash (1998)

Director: Steve Yeager     Starring: Yeager,Steve
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40222190
UPC: 826663217698
UPC 14: 00826663217698
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Editor's Note
Baltimore filmmaker Yeager delivers an in-depth look into the early career of cult filmmaker John Waters, from his early obsessions with car crashes and macabre puppet shows through his rise to the coveted title of "Prince of Puke" with his taboo-smashing midnight movie hit PINK FLAMINGOS, starring the 300-pound "Godzilla of drag queens," Divine. Comprised of interviews with family, friends, filmmakers, and critics, as well as never-before-seen footage from Yeager's personal archives, this witty, enjoyable homage is a must for fans of the director, in addition to anyone interested in American independent cinema. Winner: Filmmaker's Trophy, Best Documentary, 1998 Sundance Film Festival.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal (Music)
Video Release Date Release Date: 7/3/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 90 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1998
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 32176
Video UPC UPC: 00826663217698
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: B&W and Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Jeanine Basinger - Featured
Video Cast Info David Lochary - Featured
Video Cast Info Caroline Kaplan - Producer
Video Cast Info John Pierson - Featured
Video Cast Info Steve Buscemi - Featured
Video Cast Info Steve Yeager - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Mike Kuchar - Featured
Video Cast Info Mink Stole - Featured
Video Cast Info Robert Shaye - Featured
Video Cast Info Larry Kardish - Featured
Video Cast Info Steve Yeager - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Divine - Featured
Video Cast Info Mary Vivian Pearce - Featured
Video Cast Info Edith Massey - Featured
Video Cast Info Jonas Mekas - Featured
Video Cast Info Jim Jarmusch - Featured
Video Cast Info John Waters - Featured
Video Cast Info Paul Morrissey - Featured
Video Cast Info J. Hoberman - Featured
Video Cast Info George Kuchar - Featured
Video Cast Info Hal Hartley - Featured
Video Cast Info Steve Yeager - Director
Plot Summary
Climaxing with Waters filming Divine's infamous "dog-excrement eating scene" for the American filth masterpiece PINK FLAMINGOS, Yeager's documentary is a loving portrait of the outré artist as a young man. Beginning with Waters's unusual childhood fascinations with bloody car wrecks and storybook villains, Yeager traces the self-proclaimed "Sultan of Sleaze's" career progression from amateur puppeteer to guerrilla filmmaker and celebrated cult phenomenon. Waters comes across as an ambitious artist with a singular vision, unflagging work ethic, and flair for salesmanship, combining the pluck of Benjamin Franklin with the aesthetic of a deranged Douglas Sirk. The interviews feature his parents, friends and collaborators (Pearce, Stole, Massey, Lochary, Divine), fellow filmmakers, critics, art curators, the beleaguered Maryland State censor who had to rate all of his films, and the director himself. Combined with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and montages of classic scenes from his early body of work (ROMAN CANDLES, EAT YOUR MAKE UP, MULTIPLE MANIACS, FEMALE TROUBLE, PINK FLAMINGOS, and more), the film pays tribute to Waters's influential approach to filmmaking and to his biggest star, the 300-pound drag queen Divine (nee Glenn Milstead), while simultaneously exploring his diverse influences (HOWDY DOODY, WIZARD OF OZ, exploitation filmmakers Hershel Gordon Lewis and the Kuchar brothers, as well as Warhol and Godard) and lasting contributions to American cinema.

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
Rating: B 06/30/2000 p.111

"...Entertaining, well-researched, and loaded with fascinating old footage..." -- 3 out of 5 stars| 09/01/2000 pp.85-6

New York Times
"...[A] fine and fascinating biography....Mr. Waters is highly articulate and endlessly quotable..." 03/31/2000 p.E15

Chicago Sun-Times
"...Water styles himself as an outre raconteur, and DIVINE TRASH flatters his knack for naughty apercus..." 05/26/2000 p.27

USA Today
"...[The documentary] tells of the writer/director's groundbreaking early '70s days, when his movies, perennial lead actor and subject matter helped the Maryland-bred jokester smash what screen taboos were still left to be shattered..." 07/07/2000 p.7E

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Yeager,Steve
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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