Female Trouble

Female Trouble

Two years after Pink Flamingos (1972), John Waters’s follow-up film, Female Trouble, chronicles the life of Dawn Davenport—once again starring his muse Divine—from juvenile delinquency to death row, as deranged Dawn enters a life of depravity in the pursuit of beauty and fame. Highlighting Waters’s recurrent themes of crime, infamy, and dying for art, the film takes on classic Hollywood noir biopic with an anarchic twist. In developing the film, Waters took inspiration from the Diane Arbus photograph A young Brooklyn family going for a Sunday outing, N.Y.C. (1966). Female Trouble features Dreamlander David Lochary’s final film role.

DIRECTED/WRITTEN BY: John Waters. WITH: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole. 1974. 89 min. USA. Color. English. Rated NC-17. 35mm.

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