Multiple Maniacs

Friday, April 26 - Saturday, May 4, 2024

John Waters’s gloriously grotesque, unavailable-for-decades, second feature is replete with all manner of depravity, from robbery to murder to one of cinema’s most memorably blasphemous moments. Made on a shoestring budget in Baltimore, with Waters taking on nearly every technical task, this gleeful mockery of the peace and-love ethos of its era features the “Cavalcade of Perversion,” a traveling show put on by a troupe of misfits whose shocking proclivities are topped only by those of their leader: the glammer-than-glam, larger-than-life Divine, who’s out for blood after discovering her lover’s affair. Starring Waters’s beloved regular cast the Dreamlanders, (including David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Edith Massey and Cookie Muller), Multiple Maniacs is an anarchist masterwork from an artist who has doggedly tested the limits of taste for decades.

Screening as part of our new midnight series Sicks by John Waters

Previously screened for midnights in February 2023

  • Year 1970
  • Running Time 90 minutes
  • Distributor Janus
  • Director John Waters

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