“Bergman Was Porn in Baltimore” –John Waters

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John Waters Remakes Pink Flamingos for Children

Earlier this year, we reported on rumors that beloved Baltimore director John Waters’s 1970 film Multiple Maniacs was due for a re-release. 

The film’s restoration (by Criterion) and re-release (by Janus) is being seen by some as Waters’s induction into the canon. Those are two of the big arbiters of what films count as important and/or classic, after all.

In an interview with Gawker, Waters seemed happy to link his gleefully trashy work (Multiple Maniacs features a sex scene between Divine and a gigantic lobster) and art-house cinema. Perhaps there’s not that much of a difference between the two: 

When I was young in Baltimore, I would go down to the three art theaters,” Waters told Gawker.And they would always show art films and serve espresso coffee and they were always from Janus Films. It was Bergman, but Bergman was porn in Baltimore sometimes. They would cut out the dialogue and leave the tit scenes in. And Bergman had vomit too. These were really important. So Janus Films [restoring Multiple Maniacs] isn’t irony anymore, it’s coming complete circle to where I started. I always said I wanted to make exploitation films for art theaters and I did.”

As always, Waters has a way of making me feel about 50 years too late for Baltimore’s glory days.



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