By Underbelly (Md. Historical Society Library Dept., 9/11/2014)
As Baltimore celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner and the successful defense of Fort McHenry from invading British forces, there’s another British invasion worth remembering. It occurred fifty years ago and was of an entirely different sort. On September 13, 1964, The Beatles invaded Baltimore for a one-day stop during their first American tour. John, Paul, George, and Ringo played two concerts at the Civic Center (today know as the Baltimore Arena) and then quickly moved on to the remaining stops on their 32-performance tour schedule from August 19 to September 20.
Baltimore photographer Morton Tadder was there to document the performances.
“It took me 50 years to claw my way up from the cinematic gutters of Baltimore to Lincoln Center. Finally I’m filthy and respectable!”- John Waters
John Waters hauls his film prints into the Lincoln Center this week.
This week local-boy-made-(very)-good director John Waters will be spotlighted during a 10-day retrospective of his feature and short films, as well as The Pope of Trash’s personal picks of films “I’m jealous I didn’t make,” at New York’s prestigious Film Society of Lincoln Center. Why now, you ask? Well, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Waters’s first cinematic effort, 1964′s Hag in a Black leather Jacket, made when the Lutherville native was a mere 18.
Tonight the Society is presenting an encore screening of Female Trouble (1974), with a post-screening discussion between Waters and critic J. Hoberman.
“I’m so f**king beautiful I can’t stand it myself!” Divine’s favorite Waters film was “Female Trouble” (1974).
With Waters’s favorite holiday, Christmas, coming up, it’s only fair that we share the classic “Cha-Cha Heels” scene from “Female Trouble” below:
It makes sense that Waters is honored by the esteemed cinema institution because, although he is best known as an outre underground/cult director and provocateur who pushes the boundaries of taste, Waters is also a legitimate auteur, one who grew up watching just as many arthouse classics by Fellini and Fassbinder as drive-in sleaze and exploitation fodder. Don’t forget, Waters used to pen a “Guilty Pleasures” column profiling arthouse treasures for the Lincoln Society’s “Film Comment” magazine.
Besides screening his 10 most popular feature films, Waters will present “Celluloid Atrocity Night!” – a special 16mm screening of his first two films, Mondo Trasho (1969) and Multiple Maniacs (1970), and the rarely-seen short The Diane Linkletter Story (1970) – and a free program of the early shorts he shot between 1964-1968 (Eat Your Makeup, Hag in a Black Leather Jacket, and Roman Candles). (What, no Dorothy the Kansas City Pothead starring Pat Moran as Dorothy and “Orpheum” George Figgs as the Scarecrow? Alas, this 1968 short appears to be a “lost film.”)
We wish we were there, if only to pick up the stylish “flamingo pink” tote bags for sale, as shown below:
Congratulations to John Waters for his well-deserved Big Apple retrospective. As to how much we can take, that’s a no-brainer. We love it all! – Baltimore Or Less