This Filthy World 2006

This Filthy World

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John Waters is known as the "Prince of Puke," a moniker he embraces in both his life and his art. As he muses on his early childhood in Baltimore, Waters identifies his earliest influences, including tacky drive-in movies and local burlesque performers. He recalls his rocky introduction to film, how his longtime friend Divine, a genderbending drag performer known for his outlandish stunts, inspired some of his most famous work and what he really thinks about "this filthy world."

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Eric Besner
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Ted Sarandos
Executive Producer
Jared Gustadt
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Lukas Kaiser
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Daniel Shulman
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Rob Naylor
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Critic Reviews for This Filthy World

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (2)

  • Very funny.

    September 29, 2007 | Full Review…
  • John Waters delivers a lecture, part-memoir, part-stand-up, on his life in movies, and proves himself an oddly winsome anecdotalist.

    September 29, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • If you don't know what helicoptering and blossom are, they will be forever etched on your consciousness by the time Waters takes his bow.

    September 28, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
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  • Waters' genial depravity, ear for a good line and fine comic timing easily engages for the full length despite the lack of flashy tricks, or indeed, any tricks at all.

    September 28, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Ann Kelly

    BBC.com
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  • If the film proves anything, it's that people don't shock as easily as they did in Waters' heyday.

    December 1, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • If your sensibilities can tolerate its more scatological digressions, This Filthy World, filmed over two nights at Manhattan's Harry De Jur Playhouse, can be one of the coziest and most charming means of investing 90-plus minutes of your life.

    November 24, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4

    Gene Seymour

    Newsday
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Audience Reviews for This Filthy World

  • Sep 06, 2010
    John Waters does a one man show for 90 minutes. What's not to love?
    Ken S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 05, 2008
    John Waters gives his uniquely, hysterical view of film making and life in general. He covers every thing you want to know, and a lot of stuff that you may not have thought you wanted to know, but deep down inside that little voice was saying, "teach me the ways of filth, O elder". John Waters advocates film terrorism, using emergency food vouchers to throw dinner parties, and metal fringe outfits for people sentenced to the electric chair which will stand on end when they throw the switch. It doesn't matter if you're a serious film fan, a John Waters fan, or just like stand up comedy. Everyone can get something out of this.
    Shane D Super Reviewer
  • Apr 18, 2008
    Unlike the synopsis says, this isn't a doc on Waters, it's Waters live doing some stand-up with some reflection on his movies, inspiration, actors, incidents with censors, hobbies, and just suggesting some things that everyone should be doing, like instead of expensive lobbying, just send some drag queens to a politician's house to make snappy remarks about the wife's fashion sense, or making the Army all-volunteer lesbian because "they'd find Osama Bin-Laden". Waters also has some great anecdotes, like how Divine crawled around in pig shit on an early shoot, how a fan whipped out a fresh bloodied tampon for Waters to sign at a book signing, when Polyester came out, his delight at every film-goer globe-wide interested in sniffing the fart smell on the Odor-Rama cards, and when he screened "Pink Flamingos" for a special group of his pupils (a prison class of convicted murderers) they all responded with "you are seriously fucked up man!". If you like Waters (esp in interviews or chatting about film-stuff) then you must see this.
    _kelly . Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2008
    As much as I love the films of John Waters, I love even more hearing the man talk, especially when it's about funny anecdotes he shared with his friends and main cast players. The man is full of wisdom and humor.
    Quinto W Super Reviewer

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