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Filmed in ODORAMA
A suburban housewife's world falls apart when her pornographer husband admits he's serially unfaithful to her, her daughter gets pregnant, and her son is suspected of being the foot-fetishist who's been breaking local women's feet.
Me: "You know, we've been dating six weeks, and except for one all the movies we've seen together have been John Waters movies."
Mitch: "I don't see the problem."
God bless John Waters. Even his relative move into the mainstream is filled with abortion talk, Moral Majority parody, throwback '50s hooliganism, Medici-level intra-family scheming for power, and more. Divine is just wonderful as the frumpy housewife trying to keep a lid on her hell family's mania.
The sweet smell of success. [35mm]
The films of John Waters are definitely some of the most bewildering there are. The 70's spawned a lot of different directors around the world, and Waters was one of them, making the raunchy and trashy "Pink flamingos". Polyester is not as 'filthy' as the latter, but maintains that strange style that Waters goes for with his films.
It is good that he lessens down the scale of nudity and disgusting imagery, and tries to balance the film out more as just a wild comedy, and that is what it is. The story follows a housewife (Divine), whose married to a pornographer and her children are off the chain, with her son becoming known for breaking women's feet in the…
I love that both Divine and Edith Massey, among Waters' biggest personalities of his typical group of outcasts, are the two most normal characters in Polyester. It's everybody else who are the freaks this time around.
Weird and wonderful.
Probably the most successful John Waters film, a perfect and depraved pastiche of more mainstream genres (in this instance the "women's picture"). Not my favorite of his per say, but I enjoyed this immensely.
An amusing low budget pastiche of straight-laced suburbia featuring a John Waters-standard cast of freaks, has-beens, and outcasts. Plus appropriately ineffective scratch and sniff cards offering Odorama.
POLYESTER, like all John Waters movies, celebrates uniqueness and acceptance.
Watched in Odorama! Sadly almost all the smells were the same though. First time seeing this one. I've enjoyed every John Waters film I've seen so far and this is no exception.
In glorious, 4D Odorama!
"I didn't want to use macrame to kill!!"
I experienced this in full Oderama. Pretty special.
I think what I really enjoy about the commentaries for at least the older movies, John always points out people in the Dreamlanders cast that I may have not noticed if he hadn't pointed them out. And then he points out who the extras are. I know SAG is important for a variety of things, but I think it twisted a bit of what made a lot of John's movies pretty cool how he could take just random people or close friends or parents of friends and make them a part of his movies.
Saw this in Odorama in the Arcadia theatre at the Hayden Orpheum and I don't think I could've picked a better setting for my first John Waters. What a beautiful experience :')
If I had to sum up John Waters' Polyester in one word, I think overwhelming would be that one that suits it best. This is a unrelenting barrage of imagery and sound that never lets up and constantly challenges your brain to catch up with what you're being presented with. Whether intentional or not, I think this technique benefits this film well, especially considering its littered with Waters' typically crude humor and unrestricted subject matter occupying every crevice. It's total sensory overload and it's a unique angle to approach the 50's melodramatic satire genre with.
A wonderful performance from Divine, an Avalanches sample origin and Bill Murray of all people signing over a montage all enhance this already succinct and lovely satire to an even higher level of enjoyment.
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