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Chris Holmlund’s new book on John Waters’ Female Trouble is launched

Writer/Director John  Waters with Chris Holmlund
Writer/Director John Waters with Chris Holmlund

Los Angeles' Nu-Art Cinema called John Waters' 1974 film, Female Trouble, his Citizen Kane: both directors were also writers and producers; both films feature BIG actors (Divine in two roles, and Welles himself in one); both chart the rise, fall, and death of their larger-than-life protagonists. Chris Holmlund's latest book explores Female Trouble in light of its times, and scrutinizes the performances, and Waters and the crew's contributions.

Chris introduced a 35mm print of the film at Baltimore's newly restored Parkway Theater (dedicated to independent and art film) May 12, then spoke at a launch for the book at Atomic Books May 13. The "Dreamlanders" (Waters' acting troupe and old friends) and Waters himself turned up for the occasion."

Chris (second from left)  and John Waters (fifth from left) with some of the Dreamlanders and others at  the Atomic Books book launch
Chris (second from left) and John Waters (fifth from left) with some of the Dreamlanders and others at the Atomic Books book launch

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