John Waters's made-in-Baltimore cult piece about the battle for the title of Filthiest Person Alive. The combatants are, in one corner, Connie and Raymond Marble (she of the coral-red hair, he of the swimming-pool blue), who kidnap hippie hitchhikers, impregnate them, and sell the offspring to lesbian couples; and in the other corner, Divine, a transvestite behemoth with a hairline shaved back to the middle of his/her crown, circus-clown eye makeup, and some pretty unsanitary habits. Waters displays a certain taste for artifacts of American Camp, but his slovenly stylelessness and the brash hamminess of his actors leave the ideas in the raw, or in the womb. There's little in the movie that wouldn't be just as effective, if that's the word, heard second-hand, or — what's no better — witnessed in person rather than on screen. (1972) — Duncan Shepherd
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