Divine Trash takes an extensive look into the early career of John Waters. It features stills and clips out of his earliest and rarely seen films such as Hag in a Black Leather Jacket, Roman Candles, Eat Your Makeup, Mondo Trasho, Multiple Maniacs, The Diane Linkletter Story and Dorothy the Kansas City Pothead (a film that was never completed). Apart from these clips and stills, there’s lots of footage of Waters editing his films, talking of how he got the films distributed and the marketing techniques that were used. A large part of the film looks at the problems his films encountered during the making and release/showing of the films and features some funny interviews with Mary Avara the last film censor in America.
There are heaps of interviews and archive footage of, Mr. and Mrs. Waters (retelling stories of Waters as a child), Steve Waters, Steve Buscemi, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Mike and George Kuchar, Ken Jacobs, Paul Morrissey, Jonas Mekas, Jim Jarmusch, George Figgs, Richard Kern, Van Smith, Channing Wilroy, David Lochary, Mary Vivien Pierce, Mink Stole, Pat Moran, Glenn Milstead (Divine) Frances Milstead, Vincent Peranio, Dennis Dermody, Edith Massey plus more.
There are also scenes out of many films that Waters was influenced by such as Sins of the Fleshapoids and Flaming Creatures.
If you are a fan of John Waters movies, you will highly enjoy this documentary- it is full of anecdotes and filled to the brim with rare footage, interviews and fliers. The special features on this DVD are pretty bare, consisting of interactive menus, scene access, filmographies, production credits and web links. The content of the DVD is enough to satisfy, so I didn’t mind the lack of extras. If you don’t know much about John Waters or Divine I would recommend watching some of their movies first before renting or buying this DVD, but for those who are old school fans- why the hell don’t you have this already?
DIRECTOR(S): Steve Yeager | COUNTRY: USA | YEAR 1998 | DISTRIBUTOR(S): Fox Lorber | RUNNING TIME: 96 minutes | ASPECT RATIO: 1.33:1 | REGION: 1 | DISCS: 1