Capital Celluloid 2024 — Day 19: Fri Jan 19

Pink Flamingos (Waters, 1972: BFI Southbank, NFT2, 6.20pm

This film is part of the 'Scala: Sex, drugs and rock and roll cinema' season at BFI Southbank. The screenings on January 1st and 19th are on digital but youcan see the film on 35mm with intro by Mark Moore and Tasty Tim on Fri 26th January at 8.50pm in NFT1.

Chicago Reader review:
Among the most famous entries in the shock-cinema canon and the key example of the “Baltimore aesthetic,” this pitch-black comedy is usually the first stop for the uninitiated. John Waters not only refuses to glamorize poverty but strives to deglamorize the very idea of glamor, so much that the film becomes a critique of materialism as much as an exercise in trash aestheticism. As the director Gus Van Sant once wrote, “It’s all part of the lowball-punk-fuck-it-who-cares-and-who’s-gonna-know-anyway ground rules of the Baltimore aesthetic.”
Drew Hunt

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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