50 Years of SIFF: Multiple Maniacs
Now Playing - Dec 2, 2023
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.
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Saturday, December 2, 2023
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)