Did anyone see this in theaters?
...if so, then share your experience.share
Well, I saw it censored in the 80's and am going to see it again at Seattle's Grand Illusion cinema. Am hoping it is the full meal deal.
I saw it several times with friends in the theater in the early eighties. It was uncut (often on double with Female Troubles) and I am surprised to hear that there was even a censored version out there.
Anyway the last time I saw it at the theater I took my younger step brother with us. Even though he knew most of what to expect from the film, it still left him more than a little shocked and he nearly barfed during the tranny showing penis, chicken sex, and Doggie poop eating scene.
Saw it last night in the Glasgow Film Theatre, completely uncut, with John Waters introducing many deleted scenes afterwards (not in person.) The film was fantastic, I've never heard so many laughs, screams and dry-boaks in one place. If you ever get a chance to see this in a theatre, do it.share
I saw this as a midnight movie in the theater in the late '80s, along with several other of John Waters' films. Even though I'm not into audience participation, this is definitely a communal experience.
His films can be shocking, gross and offensive (scratch that "can be"!), but they are also hilarious. More than anything, they are also good old-fashioned entertainment, the likes of which you just don't see anymore. So I guess we live in a really sad era if John Waters' films are old-fashioned entertainment.
So have you seen this in the theater, McBain20?
I saw a midnight showing of the reissue back in the late-90s. It was packed! Everyone was screaming, laughing and reciting the lines. It was an amazing night. Even the cops were there to keep things from getting completely out of hand!
We'll see whose the filthiest person alive! We'll just see!
Wow, sounds like the most fun to be expected at screenings of that particular movie! :-)share
Q: Did anyone see this in theaters?
A: yes I did and I'm proud of it. More questions!
Q: are you a thief, Dawn?
A: not as nmuch as I used to but I still rob houses.
picture it. Denver. 1976. Capitol Hill. Ogden Theatre. midnight.
a bright eyed (very high) 20 y.o. queer boy eagerly awaits an 'Exercise in Poor Taste.' it 'may have been the end for Connie aand Raymond Marble' but it was just the beginning for the latest member of the 'Filthiest People Alive' family. I was neither offended nor shocked by what I saw on that screen, no, I felt relief. I was certain that indeed, 'if you're smart, you're queer and if you're stupid, you're straight. the life of a heterosexual is a dull and boring life.'
(by 1978 I had also seen Divine live in 'The Neon Woman' in San Francisco. then, in 1983, I was backstage at the I Beam - on Haight in the City - w/ the beautiful AND glamorous Miss Doris Fish, Miss X, Tippi and Ginger Quest of 'Vegas in Space' fame. Miss Edie was preparing to perform LIVE for the disco's patrons. I clearly remember Edie saying, 'Careful honey. Don't spill my drinkie.'
at any rate I still believe in FILTH. I practice filth therapy. to this day I continue to proudly hone my skills as a person of filth. Legalize cannibalism. Eat *beep*
for I alone am left to tell the tale...call me Ishmael.
'my life is a psychotic monologue interrupted by strangers.'
- shalom, ya'll.
I saw this legendary flick at the Baltimore Charles Theater in the 1980's, with a bisexual lady friend that had seen it and wanted to shock me (without telling me all the details, thank you). Plenty enough people there and I almost tossed my cookies by the time that Divine's final scene summed up the movie. The acting was atrocious and yet I couldn't stop watching the train wreck... by the time the infamous chicken trailer scene unfolded my jaw couldn't be picked up off the floor. I couldn't wait to get a VHS tape to return to that scene to see if in fact, what happened truly happened. I still don't know how I'd wind up voting for it in IMDB!share
I never saw this in theaters but I do have tremendous respect for John Waters. I was just wondering what you people thought when you first saw this film. Your reactions and such. I love how John Waters just makes any film he wants. I'm an amateur film maker and this is one director who I can praise on many levels.share
Saw it in the 70's and early 80's every weekend at midnight at Cinema Village in NYC. We were all stoned out of our minds and laughed our asses off. On our way to the theatre we would scream at people on the streets "Get out of the way, we're the filthiest people alive!". It was a different time!share
I saw this at the Uniondale Mini Cinema on Long Island in the early 70's where it was seized by the Nassau County Police Department on some sort of silly obscenity charges. Thankfully, in true New York style, it was back on the screen the following evening. The Mini Cinema was a remarkable place, lax on alcohol and very lax on reefer smoking which made for a wonderful 70's cinematic experience. I saw some great films there including el Topo, Sante Sangre and The Valley (Obscured by Clouds). God, I miss the days when you could have a good time without some *beep* forcing their views on you or, worse yet, reading you your 'rights'.share
I saw it there too! I loved that place. Dam, the good old days, I miss them.
I saw alot of movies there, also saw John Water's Desperate Living, Female Trouble and the Diane Linkletter Story there. That was a one of a kind movie theater, you could never get away with that today sadly.
"Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to go fill my freezer with my own blood"
I saw it following a showing of the Waters documentary Divine Trash -- a good doc, but in relatively good taste, and unmistakably a "real" movie with good and mainstream production values and sensibilities. Everybody seemed to dig the documentary, but when Pink Flamingoes came on, people started gradually slipping out. After every outrageous scene, another two to four people would leave. It was pretty funny.
Get on up.