Female Trouble (1974)

Female Trouble (1974) movie poster

director John Waters
viewed: 04/05/2016 at the Roxie Theater, SF, CA

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: John Waters is a national treasure.

Female Trouble is super fucking punk rock.  As is Pink Flamingos (1972).  Punk rock before punk rock.  But so, so, so punk rock.

Divine was never more divine than she was here, playing Dawn Davenport, Baltimore hoodlum on the skids, discovered by Donald and Donna Dasher (David Lochary and Mary Vivian Pearce) whose own sexless aesthetics push beauty and crime to great heights of empowered rebellion all the way to the electric chair.  Dedicated to Charles “Tex” Watson of the Manson family, Female Trouble is a hysterical affront to “good taste” and a shock bomb on American culture.

It’s so far out of culture that it’s just as violently fantastic as it was in 1974.  Think about that:  1974.  It’s as radical and as funny as the day it was made.

This viewing was a treat, seeing it on the big screen with an old friend, the very friend who introduced me to Female Trouble decades ago.  Made it even better.

And quotable?  Female Trouble is as hilariously quotable as any movie ever made.

Fucking amazing.

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