John Waters: This Filthy World

Released 2006


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John Waters: This Filthy World documents the cult director's one-man show about his life, art and looks and the inspirations behind his famous films. Water first became famous as a "trash" film director with films like "Pink Flamingos" and "Desperate Living," which depicted shocking behavior from an assortment of societal misfits. He later achieved more mainstream success with films like "Hairspray," but retained his cult status as a connoisseur of the unusual, strange and hidden aspects of American culture. Filmed in New York City in 2006, the show gives Waters the opportunity to share his creative journey from his humble origins in Baltimore, his creative inspirations, and recollections of his long working relationship with performers like Divine, Mink Stole and the notorious kidnap victim Patty Hearst. The live audience also has a chance to ask questions on topics ranging from gay marriage, Michael Jackson, and shoplifting. Directed by Jeff Garlin (best known for his role on "Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Water's brash style and taboo topics make this film best suited to mature audiences.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    The New York Times Neil Genzlinger

    John Waters is darned entertaining as he delivers a monologue that annotates his scandalous movies and encompasses assorted other subjects that interest or annoy him.

  • 50

    New York Daily News Elizabeth Weitzman

    Tossing off one-liners about drugs and porn to a New York audience, even Waters sounds a little bored.

  • 25

    San Francisco Chronicle

    Some long patches in this show are surprisingly boring and unfunny. Maybe part of the problem is that the rest of the world has caught up with Waters -- nowadays everyone's a provo...

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Arts, Documentary


Independent, Culture, Performance Art & Spoken Word