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Polyester 35mm Film Print at BAM movie starts at 4:30


After making a name for himself with such underground gross-out epics as Pink Flamingos andDesperate Living, director John Waters made a bid for somewhat wider acceptance with this black comedy, which is sedate only by the standards of his previous work. Francine Fishpaw (Divine) is a housewife whose life has become a living hell. Her husband Elmer (David Samson) runs a porno theater (currently showing the classic My Burning Bush) and is having an affair with secretary Sandra (Mink Stole), a vision of sleaze in Bo Derek-style cornrow braids who informs Elmer, "Children would only get in the way of our erotic lifestyle!" Francine has two teenage children, Dexter (Ken King), who likes to sniff glue and stomp on women's feet, and Lulu (Mary Garlington), a brazen slut who hangs out with overage juvenile delinquent Bobo (Stiv Bators) and gleefully anticipates her next abortion. Francine's best friend, Cuddles (Edith Massey), is a slightly insane heiress who is somehow convinced she's a debutante. Francine's life has become so miserable that her dog commits suicide rather than witness it, but a light appears on the horizon -- Todd Tomorrow (Tab Hunter), the handsome and dashing owner of a local drive-in specializing in art films (their current bill is a Margurerite Duras triple feature), with whom Dawn enters into a torrid affair. Subversive on all fronts, Polyester was originally shown in "Odorama" (patrons were given a card with ten scratch-and-sniff patches, to be smelled at key points in the action) and featured a romantic theme song sung by that new hitmaking duo,Deborah Harry and Bill Murray.

**No mentionon the Odorama Cards, but we should be getting them**

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  • Andrew B.

    Excellent film. Never thought Waters would affect me this much. :D

    1 · September 29, 2013

    • Brooke

      I'm so very glad he did! :)

      September 29, 2013

  • steve

    Me tres

    September 29, 2013

  • Andrew B.

    Me too!

    September 29, 2013

  • Brooke

    On my way!

    September 29, 2013

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