Midnight Movie: Female Trouble at The Belcourt 

Who Wants to Die for Art?

Who Wants to Die for Art?
The Belcourt’s really made it tough on cult-movie maniacs this weekend with dueling midnight movies of Tommy Wiseau’s cinematic urinal cake The Room and this, a strong contender for the funniest, most hilariously assaultive movie John Waters ever made. The solution: See one Friday and the other Saturday—or go Friday night to this one, learn all the lines, and come back the next night so you can say right along with Mink Stole: “I wouldn't suck your lousy dick if I was suffocating and there was oxygen in your balls!” Divine, the Marlene Dietrich to Waters’ Josef von Sternberg, stomps her cha-cha heels all over previous silver-screen divas as Dawn Davenport, demure schoolgirl turned acid-scarred serial-killer performance artist. The whole Waters ensemble is here—Edith Massey, Cookie Mueller, David Lochary (who would bleed to death on PCP before he could appear in 1977’s Desperate Living)—and through the miracle of movie technology Divine’s alter-ego Glen Milstead shows up to molest himself. The chance to see this and its delinquent-movie doppelganger Rebel Without a Cause (see below) the same day at The Belcourt is too, too tempting.
Sat., Dec. 5, midnight; Sun., Dec. 6, midnight, 2009


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