The absolutely fabulous diva Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, is the subject of this warmhearted tribute, from his humble beginnings as an overweight, teased Baltimore youth to an internationally recognized drag superstar. With bold defiance of the status quos of body image, gender identity, sexuality, and preconceived notions of beauty, Divine was the ultimate outsider turned underground royalty. Teaming up with her neighbor down the street, the fittingly transgressive John Waters, they made a series of subversive classics including Mondo Trasho and Pink Flamingos (wherein Divine was immortalized as the "World's Filthiest Person"), which writer Fran Lebowitz tagged as "one of the sickest movies ever made, and one of the funniest."
As outrageous and fun as its subject, I Am Divine combines movie clips, rare home movies and photos, television appearances and live performance footage with brand new interviews with John Waters, Ricki Lake, Mink Stole, Tab Hunter, Holly Woodlawn, Michael Musto, Bruce Vilanch, mother Frances Milstead, and many more of Divine's family, friends, colleagues, and devotees."The most beautiful woman in the world, almost," Divine left nary a taboo unbroken, but beneath the outré persona was a genuine comedic genius, a pioneering queer icon and the darling of the cult-cinema circuit.
Directed by Jeffrey Schwarz, 2013, U.S.A.,90 mins.Official site Village Voice New York Times Film Journal Intl Slant Magazine