Waters at High Tide

When his cult classic film “Female Trouble” came out in 1974, the movie’s premise seemed really farfetched, but now it’s almost believable, writer-director John Waters says. The film cast the late cross-dressing actor Divine as Dawn Davenport, a suburban misfit who wants to be famous so badly she sees going to the electric chair as a career highlight. Kicking off a B-movie film series at Ohio State University, Waters introduced the director’s cut of “Female Trouble,” which is scheduled for theatrical release early next year. The filmmaker told students that his kind of creativity was discouraged at every school he attended. But that was then. “You can make a snuff movie now and get an A,” he joked.

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