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Film Series : Fringe Benefits

Pink Flamingos

1972, John Waters, USA, 93 min.
With Divine, Edith Massey, David Lochary

Show Times

  • Fri, Feb 22nd 8:30pm
  • Sun, Feb 24th 7:45pm
  • Wed, Feb 27th 8:15pm

"In a world where 'underground' cult films long ago became a cozy genre, PINK FLAMINGOS still stands as the purest, most joyful jolt of outrage in movie history."-- Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

After achieving tabloid notoriety, Babs Johnson (Divine) has settled on the outskirts of Baltimore with her playpen-bound mother Edie, chicken-loving son Crackers, and traveling companion Cotton. Their secluded debauchery is upset when the rich, jealous perverts Connie and Raymond Marble try to usurp Babs's title of "Filthiest Person Alive," setting off an escalating series of ever-more-vile antics. A self-proclaimed "exercise in poor taste," PINK FLAMINGOS was the film that catapulted director John Waters to underground infamy and introduced the broader world to the magnetic persona of legendary drag queen Divine. Even after being ensconced in MoMA's permanent collection and regularly cited as a pioneering work of queer cinema, PINK FLAMINGOS remains every bit the shocking, offensive, and hilarious film it was during its storied run on the midnight movie circuit, an essential work of transgressive art that has only ripened with age. 35mm. (Cameron Worden)

Drag Discount! Dress in drag at any screening of the show, and pay only $7 (instead of $11) for your ticket! Discount tickets must be purchased in person at our box office.

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