Introductory remarks by Daniel Crooke, Senior Programmer at Outfest
John Waters’s second feature, his first with synced sound, showcases his muse Divine, who leads a traveling troupe of exhibitionists cast with Dreamlanders, Waters’s go-to band of players. This first collaboration with Vincent Peranio, who created the giant lobster prop central to one of the film’s most memorable sequences, would cement their bond as collaborators; Peranio would create the distinct look and feel of all of Waters’s following films as set designer, art director, and production designer. Shot in Waters’s hometown of Baltimore, with some sequences filmed in his parents’ yard, Multiple Maniacs and its “Cavalcade of Perversions” is a prime example of Waters’s signature cacophonous barrage of bad taste and no-holds-barred anti-establishment energy.
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