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John Waters: This Filthy World
John Waters This Filthy World
Actor: John Waters
Director: Jeff Garlin
Genres: Comedy, Documentary
NR     2007     1hr 26min

"This filthy world? it?s a beautiful place, isn?t it?" — -- John Waters Dubbed "the Pope of Trash" and branded "O for Offensive" by the Catholic Church, filmmaker John Waters made his bad reputation by turning bad taste int...  more »


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Actor: John Waters
Director: Jeff Garlin
Genres: Comedy, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Stand-Up, Documentary
Studio: Dokument Films
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 10/30/2007
Original Release Date: 11/24/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 11/24/2006
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 26min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 7
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Never foul, always intelligent and engaging
Jessica Lux | Rosamond, CA | 02/17/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"John Waters has been honing his monologue on college campuses and other low-key circuits for years, and with the release of The Filthy World on DVD, you, too, can view the pencil-mustached director in your living room. The DVD has over 70 minutes of material filmed in New York's Harry De Jur Playhouse on a stage featuring both a gigantic flower arrangement and a pile of trash. Waters delivers a charmingly bizarre performance which touches on his childhood (he has a great relationship with his Catholic parents), his cinematic inspirations, his films and frequent collaborators (including Divine, Traci Lords, and Johnny Depp), and his own personal philosophies.

The performance is never foul and always engaging, full of humorous vignettes. Waters tells us about his father's reaction to one of his early films: "It was pretty funny. But I hope to never see it again." He explains that even Divine had limits: "The first time he met Richard Simmons, he felt homophobic." Waters himself also has limits. "A drug that makes you love everyone?" Waters says of Ecstasy. "Sounds like hell to me." This DVD is sure to delight long-time fans as well as inspire some new ones to explore the extensive John Waters film catalog."
A Gay Icon on Stage
Amos Lassen | Little Rock, Arkansas | 12/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)


A Gay Icon on Stage

Amos Lassen and Cinema Pride

Everyone knows John Waters and this one man show is an inside look at him as we have seen him before--completely raw and uncut. "This Filthy World" (Red Envelope Entertainment) can be described as autobiographical stand-up comedy but in reality it is about the rise and fall of American cinema. He takes on a journey through his career in film and dishes about everything. Yet each little story has a deeper meaning, it is a dig at the hypocrisy of America and the film industry. He stats by giving us his list of obsessions, perverse as they are and continues discussing exploitation films, the state of couture, what is happening in the world of art and a whole lot more.
Waters' movie history began in 1964 with mainly unseen "Hag in Black Jacket Leather' to "A Dirty Shame" in 2004. He has always been a voice of opposition to Hollywood Cinema and has become the hero of independent movies.
If you thought that Waters is sick and out of his mind this movie will change your mind--his pure genius shines through his performance. Granted some of his routine is off the wall but there is a method in his madness and that message seems to be to be pure fun. During 90 minutes Waters talks about himself and his movies and he is comfortable on the stage and quite at home for his material. He gives us the inside dirt as he summarizes his career. His stories are wonderful whether he is talking about shoplifting or his own personal holy trinity. He talks of the strange things that he has been asked to autograph. But again this film doesn't just entertain; it teaches.
Waters comes on stage as if he is entering a confessional. The set is decorated with shabby trashcans which are piled high with filled black plastic bags. His performance is in way a throwaway and it appears that his monologue is one he has been working on for years. He states that all young people need a role model and he says that is what he aspires to be--"filth elder". He dwells on perversion and transgresses taboos.
He spends time talking about his muse, Divine. He tells how she really did what it looked like she did on screen in "Pink Flamingos" but he states that even Divine had limits and says, "The first time he met Richard Simmons, he felt homophobic." Waters does not glorify himself, he pokes fun. It is a movie that rests on one man, John Waters, and he pulls it off and keeps us laughing. He completely wins over his audience and does it effortlessly, he des it by being John Waters.
The movie will be eaten up by Waters' fan and will undoubtedly create a whole new fan base for him. As he talks to his audience (and the viewer), he is so charming that you can't help but love him. When he focuses on the perversity of his own childhood and pet peeves, you see a real human with true feelings. His tales of what went on behind the scenes of his movies, he is outlandish and incredible.
If there is something to be learned from "This Filthy World" it is that it becomes clear what Waters makes the kinds of movies that he makes. Let's hope that he will make many more.
Waters at his best!
Kim A. Humphries | Saint Louis, MO | 12/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For Waters fans this is a must-see! For comedy fans this is a must-see! If you are not familiar with Waters this is a must-see. The man shoots from the hippest hip and is ON the entire time. He speaks from experience so the nutty fun just rolls out with snap and ease. A uniquely entertaining video self-portrait!"
Finally, a voice of reason!
C. Pruett | 11/28/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"John Waters has always been a hero of mine. In a world that's addicted to spin and drowning in BS laden rhetoric, his is one of the few genuine voices left that isn't afraid to tell Those Who Make The Rules where to go. If your familiarity with his work begins and ends with the most recent version of Hairspray (...which wasn't bad, I have to admit), This Filthy World will provide an excellent, and refreshingly honest, introduction to what motivates and inspires this creative legend. On the other hand, if you've seen Pink Flamingos more than a few times and aren't more than a few steps away from your beloved, dog-eared, copy of Crackpot, it's still worth getting, if for no other reason than to watch him work the room and be himself."