Waters in waiting. Some grungily amusing scenes and notions - the cavalcade, the rosary job, Divine's Godzilla-like rampage - but a shoddy whole, missing the more focused trajectory of 'Flamingos and 'Trouble. This feels more like a director finding his feet and a series of short films laced together. However, the mighty sight of Divine chasseing down the street is a gem of anti-glam.
Who would have imagined in 1970 this era of ubiquitous hardcore pornography, anarchic international manifestations of incipient facisms (in concert w/, and at odds w/, seemingly endless permissiveness), and 4K restorations of MULTIPLE MANIACS brought to us by Janus Films? Well, nobody. I would hope. This is the end of 1969. And the beginning of the end of everything (and not just the counterculture). And what a joy!
Even though it's far from perfect I'm glad Criterion elected a lo fi cult film such as this to get a 4k restoration because it's one of the most entertaining films of the late 60's I can think of watching today.
Even knowing the movies - and water’s - reputation, I still found myself shocked at moments. These weren’t as much the visual aspects (i.e. the puke eating, the lobster rape, etc.) but some of the insane things that are said. Things like a seeming confession to the extremely recent (at the time) Sharon Tate murder. The other shocker was just how funny it was. “I’m so happy I could shit!”