Glamour has never been more grotesque than in Female Trouble, which injects the Hollywood melodrama with anarchic decadence. DIVINE, the larger-than-life muse of director JOHN WATERS (Multiple Maniacs), engulfs the screen with charisma as Dawn Davenport—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—in the ultimate expression of the film’s lurid mantra, “Crime is beauty.” Shot in Baltimore on 16 mm, with a cast drawn from Waters’ beloved troupe of regulars, the Dreamlanders (including MINK STOLE, DAVID LOCHARY, MARY VIVIAN PEARCE, EDITH MASSEY, and COOKIE MUELLER), this film, the director’s favourite 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 favourite, Female Trouble offers up perverse pleasures that never fail to satisfy.

Special Features:

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director John Waters, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray 
  • 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
  • More!
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Ed Halter
studio:
THE CRITERION COLLECTION
Run Time:
97 mins approx
Director:
John Waters
Certificate:
18
Actor:
Divine

David Lochary

Mary Pearce
Theatrical Release Year:
1974
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
1
Region:
B
Brand:
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, the larger-than-life muse of director JOHN WATERS (Multiple Maniacs), engulfs the screen with charisma as Dawn Davenport—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—in the ultimate expression of the film’s lurid mantra, “Crime is beauty.” Shot in Baltimore on 16 mm, with a cast drawn from Waters’ beloved troupe of regulars, the Dreamlanders (including MINK STOLE, DAVID LOCHARY, MARY VIVIAN PEARCE, EDITH MASSEY, and COOKIE MUELLER), this film, the director’s favourite 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 favourite, Female Trouble offers up perverse pleasures that never fail to satisfy.

Special Features:

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director John Waters, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray 
  • 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
  • More!
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Ed Halter
studio:
THE CRITERION COLLECTION
Run Time:
97 mins approx
Director:
John Waters
Certificate:
18
Actor:
Divine

David Lochary

Mary Pearce
Theatrical Release Year:
1974
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
1
Region:
B
Brand:
The Criterion Collection

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"Nice girls don't wear cha-cha heels!"

An absolute pleasure (and hoot) to sit through. The best film of John Waters' early catalogue. Featuring iconic scenes such as Divine playing a teen girl who gets raped and impregnated by a trailer trash redneck (also played by Divine), Mink Stole playing a snotty nosed little brat who in a surprising bit of character development, joins the Hare Krishna and an infamous art show performance by Divine that will never be matched! To summarise, this film will change your life.