John Waters Double Feature at Guild

John Waters Double Feature at the Guild Cinema

Thursday-Saturday, March 8-10, 3:00, 5:00, 7:00 & 9:00 pm

Female Trouble – 5:00 & 9:00 pm
Hairspray – 3:00 & 7:00 pm

Female Trouble directed by John Waters – 1974 – 98m.
In anticipation of John Waters’ speaking engagement at Popejoy on Sunday March 11!

Female Trouble is a riotously funny bad-taste epic from director John Waters, Baltimore’s “Prince of Puke.” This sick classic tells the depraved life story of obese criminal Dawn Davenport (Divine), from her bad-girl youth as a go-go dancer on Baltimore’s infamous Block to her death in the electric chair. Mink Stole is terrific as Dawn’s bratty daughter Taffy, conceived following a romp on a junkyard mattress with a fat derelict in soiled underpants (also played by Divine). Mary Vivian Pearce and David Lochary co-star as crazed owners of a beauty-parlor who are convinced that “crime equals beauty,” and they take Dawn under their wings, forcing her to mainline liquid eyeliner to enhance her appeal. Edith Massey steals the film as Dawn’s obsessive neighbor, Ida, who wants her nephew to be gay (because heterosexuals lead “sick and boring lives”) and throws acid in Dawn’s face when she marries him. A hilariously appalling film, Female Trouble is just as disgusting and maybe even funnier than Waters’ previous Pink Flamingos.

Hairspray directed by John Waters – 1988 – 92m.
In anticipation of John Waters’ speaking engagement at Popejoy on Sunday March 11 – a double-feature with Female Trouble!

In Hairspray, the Turnblads’ (Divine, Jerry Stiller) plus-size daughter (Ricki Lake) rocks a segregated TV dance show in 1960s Baltimore.  Funny as heck and a good message to boot, (!) this is the original 1988 one that includes Sonny Bono and Debra Harry as parents of a rival young girl plus Ric Ocasek and Pia Zadora as pot-smoking beatniks.

“Not only Waters’s best movie, but a crossover gesture that expands his appeal without compromising his vision one iota” – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

The Guild Cinema is located at 3405 Central Avenue NE, in the Nob Hill area.

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