Female Trouble (1974)

“We have a theory that crime enhances one’s beauty.” Synopsis: A former juvenile delinquent (Divine) is impregnated and promptly abandoned by a man (Divine) she hitches a ride with, then raises an insufferable daughter (Mink Stole) while surviving on her own as a prostitute and thief. After marrying a hairdresser (Michael Potter) whose aunt (Edith […]

Pink Flamingos (1972)

“I love you even more than my own filthiness!” Synopsis: When a murderous rivalry ensues between the Filthiest Human in the World (Divine) and her competitors (David Lochary and Mink Stole), no action is too low or disgusting to enter the fray. Babs (Divine), her companion Cotton (Mary Vivian Pearce), and her son Crackers (Danny […]

Multiple Maniacs (1970)

“I’m a maniac that cannot be cured!” Synopsis: The narcissistic, murderous owner (Divine) of a “Cavalcade of Perversions” travelling show becomes enraged when she learns from a gossipy barista (Edith Massey) that her lover (David Lochary) has a mistress (Mary Vivian Pearce). With assistance from her new lesbian lover (Mink Stole), she plots revenge and […]

Mondo Trasho (1969)

“It isn’t easy being Divine!” Synopsis: While ogling a naked hitchhiker, a beefy transvestite (Divine) accidentally runs over a young woman (Mary Vivian Pearce) who was recently accosted by a foot fetishist in the park. After Divine envisions the Virgin Mary (Margie Skidmore), she and Pearce are kidnapped and taken to a lunatic asylum, where […]

Between the Lines (1977)

“We’re still about telling the truth. We’re still about something big here — and not many people can say that now.” Synopsis: The staff of an independent newspaper — including a reporter (John Heard), a photographer (Lindsay Crouse), a rock music critic (Jeff Goldblum), and a secretary (Jill Eikenberry) — mourn the changing of times […]

Kansas City Bomber (1972)

“We’re all used — you, me, anybody on two legs. That’s what it’s all about. That’s your American pie for you.” Synopsis: A single mother (Raquel Welch) working on the Roller Derby circuit while her two kids (Jodie Foster and Stephen Manley) live with her mom (Martine Bartlett) is transferred by a new team owner […]

Corbeau, Le / Crow, The / Raven, The / Little Town in France, A (1943)

“These letters are nothing but a web of slander and lies.” Synopsis: A new doctor (Pierre Fresnay) in a French village accused of committing adultery with the wife (Micheline Francey) of a psychiatrist (Pierre Larquey) is seduced by a lonely handicapped girl (Ginette Leclerc) with a nosy teenage sister (Liliane Maigné), and becomes one of […]

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)

“It’s the things one can’t do that always tempt me.” Synopsis: A kind and generous doctor (Fredric March) engaged to a high-society girl (Rose Hobart) begins torturing a local dancer (Miriam Hopkins) when his frustration over a delayed marriage date prompts him to take a potion that transforms him into a sadistic monster. Genres: Fredric […]

Norma Rae (1979)

“You’re overpaid, you’re overworked… They’re shafting you right up to your tonsils.” Synopsis: A Jewish labor organizer from New York (Ron Leibman) visits a textile mill in the deep South and convinces a feisty single mother (Sally Field) to assist him in forming a union, despite strong opposition from management and some frustration from Field’s […]

Emperor Jones, The (1933)

“It takes a silver bullet to kill Brutus Jones.” Synopsis: When Pullman porter Rufus Jones (Paul Robeson) accidentally kills a friend (Frank Wilson) in a craps game, he’s sent to a prison chain gang, but manages to escape to a Caribbean Island, where he’s bought by a white trader (Dudley Digges) and eventually comes to […]