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Pink Flamingos

Released 1973
Distributor Saliva Films

A movie likely to provoke as much controversy (and occasional retching) today as it did in 1972, Pink Flamingos is, in its own way, a seminal independent film; made in a Baltimore suburb for $10,000 by a 26 year-old John Waters and starring a home grown band of outsiders (featuring the alarming 370 lb. drag queen, Divine), the movie led a charmed life, gaining popularity at universities and eventually being picked up by New Line. The film, about Divine’s struggle to guard her crown as  “the filthiest person alive” against her equally repellant rivals, Raymond and Connie Marble, is a virtual laundry list of preposterous perversities. You may hate yourself in the morning but the experience is undeniably hilarious.

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About Mark Helfrich

Mark Helfrich is a feature film editor, director, and Beatlemaniac. Among his editing credits are all the Rush Hour films, Red Dragon, X-Men: The Last Stand, Scary Movie, Action Jackson, and Predator. He directed Good Luck Chuck, episodes of Bones and Prison Break, and numerous music videos. His favorite movie is Performance, yet he’s seen The Sound of Music 100 times.