SPOTLIGHT | JOHN WATERS
art by nacrowe
man i am a huge JOHN WATERS fan.
when i think about his films, especially those from the 1970s, i think of a true auteur who brings his audience into a fellini-esque carnival alternate reality of the destitute, disaffected and delusional. he holds a mirror to our true selves.
there is an almost poignant clarity in the shallowness of his characters, particularly those portrayed by the inimitable DIVINE / GLENN MILSTEAD (RIP) in PINK FLAMINGOES, FEMALE TROUBLE and DESPERATE LIVING. the baser rungs of our nature provide the motivation for these characters, which poetically mirror modern reality tv and internet meme culture. WATERS back then saw something in much the same way that BILLY WILDER did years before in his doomed opus ACE IN THE HOLE, that spectacle and sensationlism in american life is more important than knowledge, empathy, love or any meaningful higher ideal that binds us all.
his movie's truly reflect a future dystopia: trump's america.
as DIVINE's character dawn davenport states poignantly before her execution via electric chair in FEMALE TROUBLE...
I'd like to thank all the wonderful people that made this great moment in my life come true. My daughter Taffy, who died in order to further my career. My friends Chicklette and Concetta who should be here with me today. All the fans who died so fashionably and gallantly at my nightclub act. And especially all those wonderful people who were kind enough to read about me in the newspapers and watch me on the television news shows. Without all of you, my career could never have gotten this far. It was you that I murdered for and it is you that I will die for! Please remember, I love every fucking one of you!
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