Female Trouble

Criterion

Female Trouble


Glamour has never been more grotesque than in Female Trouble,which injects the Hollywood melodrama with anarchic decadence. Divine, director John Waters’ larger-than-life muse, engulfs the screen with charisma as Dawn Davenport, the living embodiment of the film’s lurid mantra, “Crime is beauty,” who progresses from a teenage nightmare hell-bent on getting cha-cha heels for Christmas to a fame monster whose egomaniacal impulses land her in the electric chair. Shot in Waters’ native Baltimore on 16 mm, with a cast drawn from his beloved troupe of regulars, the Dreamlanders (including Mink Stole, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Edith Massey, and Cookie Mueller), this film­—the director’s favorite of his work with Divine—comes to life through the tinsel-toned vision of production designer Vincent Peranio and costume designer/makeup artist Van Smith. An endlessly quotable fan favorite, Female Trouble offers up perverse pleasures that never fail to satisfy.

FILM INFO

  • John Waters
  • United States
  • 1974
  • 97 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English
  • Spine #929

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director John Waters, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2004 featuring Waters
  • New conversation between Waters and critic Dennis Lim
  • New and archival interviews with cast and crew members Mink Stole, Pat Moran, Vincent Peranio, Susan Lowe, Mary Vivian Pearce, Hilary Taylor, and Van Smith
  • Interview from 1975 featuring Waters and cast members Divine, Stole, and David Lochary
  • Deleted scenes and alternate takes
  • Rare on-set footage
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Ed Halter

New cover design by Eric Skillman