John Waters' Women at the Film Society of Lincoln Center

September 6, 2014 5:06 PM

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No one missed the irony of a John Waters retrospective at The Walter Reade Theater across Lincoln Center's plaza from Fashion Week. On opening night, Waters, in hot red pants and print jacket, introduced the Female Trouble screening noting that he had to explain to drag queens that cha-cha heels, coveted by his heroine Dawn Davenport for Christmas, did not refer to spiked but to the flatter more chunky kind. It's that attention to detail, however gross, that makes a John Waters flick so distinct, and his characters performed by Divine, Cookie Mueller, Edith Massey, among those no longer with us, indelible, owing more to DeKooning's grotesques than to anything on a fashion runway.

Nevertheless, there were some teased up bouffantes with spit curls in the audience, and Mink Stole posed for an iphone photo with a guy sporting a Waters tattoo on his upper arm, including the Pink Flamingos auteur's signature penciled in 'stache. In a post-screening Q&A with J. Hoberman, Waters rem...

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