Join us for a month long retrospective of the worlds most beloved b-movie queen, the incomparable Divine. Born Harris Milstead, Divine was described by People Magazine as the Drag Queen of the Century and a cult icon. In anticipation of the release of the stellar new documentary film I AM DIVINE, opening at O Cinema on Nov 29th, we’re celebrating highlights from Divine’s successful cinematic collaboration with John Waters each Friday and Saturday night at 11pm throughout the month of November!
After making a name for himself with such underground gross-out epics as Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble, director John Waters made a bid for somewhat wider acceptance with this black comedy, which is sedate only by the standards of his previous work.
Francine Fishpaw (Divine) is a housewife whose life has become a living hell. Her husband Elmer (David Samson) runs a porno theater (currently showing the classic My Burning Bush) and is having an affair with secretary Sandra (Mink Stole), a vision of sleaze in Bo Derek-style cornrow braids who informs Elmer, "Children would only get in the way of our erotic lifestyle!" Francine has two teenage children, Dexter (Ken King), who likes to sniff glue and stomp on women's feet, and Lulu (Mary Garlington), a brazen slut who hangs out with overage juvenile delinquent Bobo (Stiv Bators) and gleefully anticipates her next abortion. Francine's best friend, Cuddles (Edith Massey), is a slightly insane heiress who is somehow convinced she's a debutante. Francine's life has become so miserable that her dog commits suicide rather than witness it, but a light appears on the horizon -- Todd Tomorrow (Tab Hunter), the handsome and dashing owner of a local drive-in specializing in art films (their current bill is a Margurerite Duras triple feature), with whom Dawn enters into a torrid affair.
O Cinema is a cutting-edge independent cinema located in Miami's Wynwood Arts District, that specializes in showing first-run independent, foreign, art, and niche films.