V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

HAIRSPRAY

V' 09

HAIRSPRAY

John Waters
USA, 1988
92min,

HAIRSPRAY

John Waters
USA, 1988
, 92min,

Actors: 
Divine
Sonny Bono
Ruth Brown
Deborah Harry
Ricki Lake
Jerry Stiller
Mink Stole
Ric Ocasek
Pia Zadora

Production: 
Rachel Talalay
World Sales: 
Distribution in Austria: 
Farbe

John Waters’s 1988 musical comedy set in 1962 ­Baltimore represented a good many firsts for the ­celebrated underground “bad taste” writer-director-producer: his biggest budget, his first period foray, his first PG-rated movie, and his first real brush with politics – the issue of integrating a local TV dance show in Baltimore during the height of the civil rights movement. The cast includes Debbie Harry, Sonny Bono, Divine (in a dual role), Jerry Stiller, Ruth Brown, and cameo appearances by Ric Ocasek and Pia Zadora as beatniks. Not only Waters’s best movie, but a crossover gesture that expands his appeal ­without compromising his vision one iota; Ricki Lake as the hefty young heroine is especially delightful. With many arcane dance steps and hit singles from the period.
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