On this day in 1972, John Waters’ outrageous movie Pink Flamingos opens in theaters.
Written, produced, filmed, and edited by John Waters. It is part of what Waters has labelled the “Trash Trilogy”, which also includes Female Trouble (1974) and Desperate Living (1977). The film stars the countercultural drag queen Divine (the late Glen Milstead) as a criminal living under the name of Babs Johnson, “the filthiest person alive”
Displaying the tagline “An exercise in poor taste”, Pink Flamingos is notorious for its “outrageousness”, nudity, profanity, and “pursuit of frivolity, scatology, sensationology [sic] and skewed epistemology.” As it features a “number of increasingly revolting scenes” that centere on exhibitionism, voyeurism, sodomy, masturbation, gluttony, vomiting, rape, incest, murder, cannibalism, coprophagia, and foot fetishism, the film is considered a preliminary exponent of abject art.
When the film was initially released, it caused a huge degree of controversy but has since become one of the most notorious films ever made and is rated as #29 on the list of 50 Films to See Before You Die.
You can watch the full movie below.
All hail John Waters and Divine!