Hairspray, Female Trouble, and Multiple Maniacs: Three More Screenplays
Here are three more of John Waters's most popular screenplays — for the first time in print, including an original introduction by Waters and dozens of fun film stills. John Waters, the writer and director of these movies, is a legendary filmmaker whose films occupy their own niche in cinema history. His muse and leading lady was Divine — a 300-pound transvestite who could eat dog shit in one scene and break your heart in the next. In "Hairspray," a "pleasantly plump" teenager, played by Ricki Lake, and her big-hearted hairdresser mother, played by Divine, teach 1962 Baltimore about race relations by integrating a local TV dance show. "Female Trouble" is a coming-of-age story gone terribly awry: Dawn Davenport (again, Divine), progresses from loving schoolgirl to crazed mass murderer destined for the electric chair — all because her parents wouldn't buy her cha-cha heels for Christmas. In "Multiple Maniacs," dubbed by Waters a "celluloid atrocity," the traveling sideshow "Lady Divine's Cavalcade of Perversions" is actually a front for a group of psychotic kidnappers, with Lady Divine herself the most vicious and depraved of all — but her life changes after she gets raped by a fifteen-foot lobster.
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AMBER Baltimore BEAT GIRL beautiful bedroom begins BLACK TEEN BONNIE camera CHICLET CONCETTA COOKIE Cookie Mueller Corny Collins Show CORNY Continuing dance Dasher DAVID David Lochary Dawn Davenport DAWN Oh Divine's door dressed DRIBBLES EARL EARNESTINE EDITH Edith Massey EDNA exits Exterior face Female Trouble FENDER FRANKLIN front fucking GATOR grabs hair hairdo Hairspray Hare Krishna HODGEPILE Interior Dawn's Interior Turnblad's rec Interior TV studio JESUS JOHN WATERS jumps KIDS L'IL INEZ LADY DIVINE Continuing laughs living room look LOU ANN makeup Mary Vivian Pearce MATRON Mink Stole Miss Auto Show mother Multiple Maniacs NADINE outfit PINGLETON PINKY pulls RICKY runs screams SEAWEED Shot soundtrack SUBURBANITE TAFFY TAMMY TEENAGERS Thank Tilted Acres TOUSSAINT McCALL TRACY and LINK Tracy Turnblad Tracy's trying Turnblad's rec room Tussle VELMA VIKKI walk watch wears WILBUR wildly WILROY WINEBURGER WINK Yeah