Multiple Maniacs (1970)

90 mins | Melodrama | 1970

Director:

John Waters

Writer:

John Waters

Producer:

John Waters

Cinematographer:

John Waters

Editor:

John Waters

Production Company:

Dreamland Productions
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HISTORY

Filmed in Baltimore, ... More Less

Filmed in Baltimore, Maryland. More Less

DETAILS
Premiere Information:
Baltimore opening: 10 April 1970
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
gauge
16
Duration(in mins):
90
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Lady Divine, a woman of obese proportions, and her boyfriend, Mr. David, operate "The Cavalcade," a traveling freak show. Young housewives and businessmen from the suburbs are lured into a small tent to observe a bevy of their favorite horrors, such as junkies, homosexuals, and pornographers, only to be bullied, robbed, and even murdered by Lady Divine and her gang. Mr. David, realizing that his long-standing romance with Lady Divine is on the decline, takes up with Bonnie, whom he met at the world premiere of Inga , a sex exploitation film. Lady Divine, upon hearing of the affair, recedes into depression, and decides to seek spiritual contact with a superior force. She goes to an empty church and there she unexpectedly meets a woman named Mink Stole, a religious fanatic who gives her the moral support she needs; indeed, with the aid of a rosary, Mink Stole seduces her on the spot while Lady Divine has hallucinatory visions of a blasphemous crucifixion and of Jesus transforming five loaves and two fish into tons of a well-known brand of bread and cans of tuna. With Mink's help, Lady Divine sets out to murder the lovers. The murders having supposedly been carried out, she loses complete control of her behavior, and in the process is attacked by Lobstora, a 15-foot broiled lobster. Dazed by the experience, she makes her way into the street, causing mass hysteria, and is subsequently gunned down by the National Guard as a mob of thrill-seeking citizenry looks ... +


Lady Divine, a woman of obese proportions, and her boyfriend, Mr. David, operate "The Cavalcade," a traveling freak show. Young housewives and businessmen from the suburbs are lured into a small tent to observe a bevy of their favorite horrors, such as junkies, homosexuals, and pornographers, only to be bullied, robbed, and even murdered by Lady Divine and her gang. Mr. David, realizing that his long-standing romance with Lady Divine is on the decline, takes up with Bonnie, whom he met at the world premiere of Inga , a sex exploitation film. Lady Divine, upon hearing of the affair, recedes into depression, and decides to seek spiritual contact with a superior force. She goes to an empty church and there she unexpectedly meets a woman named Mink Stole, a religious fanatic who gives her the moral support she needs; indeed, with the aid of a rosary, Mink Stole seduces her on the spot while Lady Divine has hallucinatory visions of a blasphemous crucifixion and of Jesus transforming five loaves and two fish into tons of a well-known brand of bread and cans of tuna. With Mink's help, Lady Divine sets out to murder the lovers. The murders having supposedly been carried out, she loses complete control of her behavior, and in the process is attacked by Lobstora, a 15-foot broiled lobster. Dazed by the experience, she makes her way into the street, causing mass hysteria, and is subsequently gunned down by the National Guard as a mob of thrill-seeking citizenry looks on. +

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