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Desperate Living

Desperate Living

Desperate Living

1977 / 90min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: JOHN WATERS

CAST: LIZ RENAY, JEAN HILL, EDITH MASSEY

By his own confession Waters never liked punk music half as much as its dumpster diving aesthetic and sneering, spitting attitude, and both these things are very much on display in his bad taste blowout, which follows fugitive housewife Peggy Gravel (Liz Renay) and maid Grizelda (Jean Hill) as they light out on the lam and arrive in the wasteyard shantytown of Mortville, a community of social outcasts ruled over with an iron fist by the despotic Queen Carlotta (Edith Massey). A masterclass in punk sartorialism, concluding with an eruption of anarchic anger that represents pure Spirit of ’77 anti-authoritarianism.