Glamour has never been more grotesque than in Female Trouble, which injects the Hollywood melodrama with anarchic decadence. Divine, director John Waters' larger-than-life muse, engulfs the screen with charisma as Dawn Davenport, the living embodiment of the film's lurid mantra, "Crime is beauty," who progresses from a teenage nightmare hell-bent on getting cha-cha heels for Christmas to a fame monster whose egomaniacal impulses land her in the electric chair. Shot in Waters' native Baltimore on 16 mm, with a cast drawn from his beloved troupe of regulars, the Dreamlanders (including Mink Stole, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Edith Massey, and Cookie Mueller), this film - the director's favorite of his work with Divine - comes to life through the tinsel-toned vision of production designer Vincent Peranio and costume designer/makeup artist Van Smith. An endlessly quotable fan favorite, Female Trouble offers up perverse pleasures that never fail to satisfy.
Reasons to Buy
- A classic of the period before out beloved John Waters became more "respectable," this delightfully shocking comedy and tribulations of Dawn from "cha-cha heels" obsessed teen to reviled murderess.
- The Criterion Collection has pulled out all the stops from this barand-new Director-Approved Special Edition - which includes a new digital restortation, audio commentary from John Waters, new and archical interviews, deleted scenes, rare footage and much more.
- "Where to these people come from? Where do they go when the sun goes down? Isn't there a law of something? " - Rex Reed.
DVD FeaturesAudio commentary from 2004 featuring Waters
New conversation between Waters and critic Michael Musto
New and archival interviews with cast and crew members Mink Stole, Pat Moran, Vincent Peranio, Susan Lowe, Mary Vivian Pearce, and more
Deleted scenes and alternate takes
Rare on-set footage and More!
PLUS: An essay by film critic Ed Halter