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Review: Documentary 'I Am Divine' Shines A New Light On John Waters' Most Notorious Collaborator

  • By Nikola Grozdanovic
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  • April 8, 2014 5:03 PM
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I Am Divine
Even if you've stayed away from every John Waters film ever made, the chances of not knowing who Divine was are slim. The image of a 300-pound drag queen wearing a skin-tight red dress with candy-colored wig, bombastic face make-up, and pointing a gun at everything society consumes to be beautiful has been burnt deep enough into the culture to be instantly recognizable. Whether you've actually seen "Pink Flamingos" or not is temporarily beside the point. Loud, proud, and outrageous in every entertaining sense of the word; Divine has become—largely thanks to his work with Waters—a symbol for the countercultural movement in the '60s and '70s, and the personification of the “fuck you, you fucking fucks” angst towards society's norms. Jeffrey Schwartz's documentary on the man behind the queen, which has been raising dust at festivals around the world, works so well because you don't need to have seen a single John Waters film to connect and feel truly inspired after watching the kind of life Harris Glenn Milstead led.

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