Critical Writing Index

The Godfather of Gross Out: John Waters: demented forever, but still relevant?

by Dennis Harvey

Film Comment Magazine, July 2000, v. 36, no. 4, pp. 34-36

Harvey assesses the potentially subversive legacy of Waters' films and questions his continued ability to act as a provocateur. In the contemporary culture-scape where the high art/low art boundary has almost entirely dissolved, ideas about "selling out" such as those presented by Waters in his latest work, Cecil B. Demented, seem old-fashioned. While Waters' newer films retain a nostalgic kitchiness, ultimately, Harvey finds their "politically incorrect" vision slightly stale. The vivid, larger-than-life quality of his earlier low-budget productions has gone out with the postmodern tide.

ITEM 2000.134 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Cecil B. DementedJohn Waters