Archive of films A Dirty Shame / A Dirty Shame
2004, 89 min
Section: Midnight Screenings
Concussion leads to sex addiction in this gleefully irreverent romp which brings an exotic collection of perversions run amok to blue-collar Baltimore, much to the disgust of the prudish neighbourhood “neuters.” With Tracey Ullman, Chris Isaak, and Johnny Knoxville as the libidinous messiah who promises a “Resursexion”.
To John Waters’ delight, the Catholic News Service condemned his latest work, warning of “almost non-stop rough, crude and profane language, full-frontal nudity, sexual imagery, obscene gestures, scatological humour, casual portrayal and description of deviant sexual practices, a glorification of freewheeling sex and some sacrilegious imagery.” A Dirty Shame posits that accidental head injuries bring on carnal lust. When prudish housewife Sylvia (Tracey Ullman) is knocked unconscious, she wakes as an out-of-control nymphomaniac. She discovers that her blue-collar Baltimore neighborhood is teeming with once-concussed sex addicts practicing their kinks and worshipping the sexual healer Ray Ray Perkins (Johnny Knoxville of Jackass fame). Meanwhile, the messianic Ray Ray seeks an all-new sex act that will bring on the divine Resursexion.
About the director
John Waters (b. 1946, Baltimore, USA) is a writer-director known as the “Sultan of Sleaze” and “Pope of Trash” for his low-budget, bad taste classics such as Pink Flamingos (1972) and Female Trouble (1975). An independent filmmaker working out of Baltimore, he is famous for his love of camp and kitsch, and commitment to offending some audiences. Even as he moved to bigger budgets, his films retained a gleeful irreverence and appreciation of the American grotesque. His filmography includes Mondo Trasho (1969), Multiple Maniacs (1970), Desperate Living (1977), Polyester (1981), Hairspray (1988), Cry Baby (1990), Serial Mom (1994) and Pecker (1998). Waters is also a photographer and author of a number of books and is currently working on the TV series John Waters Presents Movies That Will Corrupt You.
About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Dir. of Photography:||Steve Gainer|
|Music:||George S. Clinton|
|Producer:||Christine Vachon, Ted Hope|
|Production:||This Is That, Killer Films, John Wells, City Lights Pictures|
|Cast:||Tracey Ullman, Johnny Knoxville, Selma Blair, Chris Isaak, Suzanne Shepherd, Mink Stole, Patricia Hearst|
|Contact:||New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Entertainment - Czech Republic|
|Distributor:||Warner Bros. Entertainment - Czech Republic|