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Trailers from Hell on 'Pink Flamingos,' the Filthiest Movie Alive

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood April 21, 2014 at 11:31AM

Today on Trailers from Hell, Mark Helfrich takes on John Waters' filthy 1972 cult classic "Pink Flamingos."
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'Pink Flamingos'
'Pink Flamingos'

Today on Trailers from Hell, Mark Helfrich takes on John Waters' filthy 1972 cult classic "Pink Flamingos."

A movie likely to provoke as much controversy (and occasional retching) today as it did in 1972, "Pink Flamingos" is, in its own way, a seminal independent film; made in a Baltimore suburb for $10,000 by a 26 year-old John Waters and starring a home grown band of outsiders (featuring the alarming 370 lb. drag queen, Divine), the movie led a charmed life, gaining popularity at universities and eventually being picked up by New Line. The film, about Divine’s struggle to guard her crown as  “the filthiest person alive” against her equally repellant rivals, Raymond and Connie Marble, is a virtual laundry list of preposterous perversities. You may hate yourself in the morning but the experience is undeniably hilarious.

This article is related to: I Am Divine, Video, Trailers, Trailers from Hell, John Waters


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.