Female Trouble 1974
The film diligently follows the unbalanced life of one Dawn Davenport: thief, stripper, waitress, single mother, prostitute, abused wife, disfigured super-model, liquid eyeliner addict, and mass murderer.

Dawn (Divine) wants nothing but cha-cha heels for Christmas. But when she doesn’t get them, she runs away from home. From then on, her life spirals out of control. She gets pregnant while hitch-hiking and turns to a life of crime. When she is approached by Donald (David Lochary) and Donna Dasher (Mary Vivian Pearce) for an art project – they want to photograph her while she’s committing crimes – Dawn’s life takes yet another turn.

BD50, 2xDVD9 | 1080p AVC, NTSC | 01:37:58 | 43.1 Gb + 12.2 Gb
Language: English
Subtitles: English

Director: John Waters
Cast: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Edith Massey, Cookie Mueller, Susan Walsh
Country: USA
Genre: Comedy, Crime

Extras:

Audio Commentary - this archival audio commentary features John Waters and was recorded in 2004.

Trims and Cuts Scenes - presented here is a collection of footage from work prints, film trims, and cut scenes from Female Trouble that were gathered from elements that were hidden in John Waters' attic for more than forty years. With music, plus dialog in English. (15 min, 1080p).

John Waters and Dennis Lim - in this brand new video interview, John Water discusses the critical and public reception of Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble, the shock value of the humor that defines the two films, Divine's performance, the melodramatic overtones in Female Trouble, whether the film anticipated the arrival of reality TV, his affection for trials and the final segment of the film, the rather complicated production process, etc. The interview was conducted by critic Dennis Lim for Criterion in 2018. In English, not subtitled. (23 min, 1080p).

Dreamlanders -

-- Little Taffy - in this new video piece, John Waters and actor Hilary Taylor (who plays Taffy as a child) recall their work on Female Trouble and discuss the atmosphere during the shooting process as well as the one that the film is remembered for. The interview was filmed in Baltimore in April 2018. In English, not subtitled. (18 min).

-- Moran, Pearce, and Smith - presented here is a collection of archival interviews with production manager Pat Moran, actor Mary Vivian Pearce, and costume designer and makeup artist Van Smith. The bulk of the comments address John Waters' working methods and the ways in which his work resonated with people. The interviews were conducted by filmmaker Steve Yeager in 1974. In English, not subtitled. (9 min, 1080p).

-- Van Smith - presented here is a rare audio interview with costume designer and makeup artist Van Smith in which he talks about working with Divine and John Waters. The interviews were conducted by filmmaker Steve Yeager in 1974 In English, not subtitled. (5 min, 1080p).

On-Set Footage - presented here is rare raw footage from the set of Female Trouble which was shot by filmmaker Steve Yeager, who years later made two documentaries about Divine and John Waters, Divine Trash and In Bad Taste. With brand new recorded comments by John Waters. (12 min, 1080p).

Crime and Beauty - presented here is a collection of outtakes extracted from interviews conducted for Jeffrey Schwartz's documentary I Am Divine. They feature John Waters, actors Susan Lowe, Mink Stole, George Figgs, and Mary Vivian Pearce, film critic Dennis Dermody, production designer Vincent Peranio, and production manager Pat Moran. The bulk of the comments address the production history of Female Trouble as well as it twisted sense of humor. In English, not subtitled. (18 min, 1080p).

Lady Divine - presented here is an archival roundtable interview with John Waters, Divine, Mink Stole, and David Lochary, which was conducted by columnist R. Couri Hay at Andy Warhol's Factory. Some of the key topics that are discussed are the conception of Female Trouble and the success of Pink Flamingos, the classic Divine look, and the type of entertainment that the group wanted to promote. The interview aired on Manhattan public-access television in 1975. In English, not subtitled. (33 min, 1980i).

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