Female Trouble: The Criterion Collection

Female Trouble: The Criterion Collection




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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.

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Reasons to Buy

  1. A classic of the period before our beloved John Waters became more "respectable," this delightfully shocking comedy follows the trials and tribulations of Dawn Davenport from "cha-cha heels" obsessed teen to reviled murderess.
  2. The Criterion Collection has pulled out all the stops for this brand-new Director-Approved Special Edition - which includes a new digital restoration, Audio Commentary from John Waters, new and archival interviews, deleted scenes, rare footage and much more.
  3. "Where do these people come from? Where do they go when the sun goes down? Isn't there a law of something?" -Rex Reed

DVD Features

Audio 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


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Review by Amos Lassen

By: Amos Lassen
"Female Trouble"

Tasty Tastelessness-----"There's nothing divine about this earthly piece of trash."

Amos Lassen

Wow!!!-"Female Trouble: was made in 1974, 44 years ago and while I was living in Israel. I had never see... Read More

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