50 Years of SIFF: Multiple Maniacs

Multiple Maniacs

USA | 1970 | 96 min. | John Waters

November 20 - December 2, 2023

50 Years of SIFF

SIFF favorite director John Waters’s second feature film follows The Cavalcade of Perversion, a traveling freak-show that is a front for a band of psychotic kidnappers and murderers.

John Waters’ gloriously grotesque 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 Waters’ native Baltimore, with the filmmaker 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 mounted by a troupe of misfits whose shocking proclivities are topped only by those of their leader: the glammer-than-glam, larger-than-life Divine, out for blood after discovering her lover’s affair.

  • Director: John Waters
  • Principal Cast: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Edith Massey, Cookie Mueller
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1970
  • Running Time: 96 min.
  • Producer: John Waters
  • Screenplay: John Waters
  • Cinematographers: John Waters
  • Editors: John Waters
  • Music: John Waters
  • Filmography: A Dirty Shame (2004), Cecil B. Demented (2000), Pecker (1998), Serial Mom (1994), Cry-Baby (1990), Hairspray (1988), Polyester (1981), Desperate Living (1977), Female Trouble (1974), Pink Flamingos (1972), Multiple Maniacs (1970), Mondo Trasho (1969), Eat Your Makeup (1968)