Another post celebrating the movies of 1977, here’s John Waters’ Desperate Living — an experimental fairy tale that according to Rotten Tomatoes features Waters’ penchant for “nauseating set-pieces, such as a transsexual lesbian having her new penis cut off with scissors and fed to a dog, women being fed live cockroaches, and Peggy being assaulted at a lesbian glory-hole.”
I was planning to include a longer description but realized I couldn’t improve on that one sentence. Desperate Living isn’t Waters’ best film, but it includes really good performances in a movie that reads less like three acts and more like three separate movies interacting in some kind of tasteless, probably infectious, definitely revolting manner.
You’ll love it.
Here’s the film…