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Weird Wednesday: Polyester
February 12, 2020 @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Screening in 35mm and presented in ODORAMA!
John Waters first film of the 1980s has its heart firmly in the 1950s. Taking inspiration from “women’s pictures” of the period and the high melodrama of Douglas Sirk, POLYESTER follows troubled housewife Francine Fishpaw (Divine) as she struggles to maintain her composure while her marriage falls apart and her children are revealed to be juvenile delinquents. This being a John Waters movie, however, only the framework is conservative as foot fetishism, decapitation, punk rocker Stiv Bators, and recreational glue sniffing creep their way into the tale of suburbia gone wild. Imagine having a bad acid trip at your grandmother’s house, and you may get close to the comingling of quaint and delirious at work in POLYESTER.
Paying homage to the great screen gimmicks of William Castle, Waters devised ODORAMA, a scratch-n-sniff card given to viewers so they can “smell-along” with Francine Fishpaw who, to help sell the gimmick, has an over developed sense of smell. We’ll have these cards at our screening!