John Samuel Waters Jr. is an American film director, author, stand-up comedian, visual artist, art collector, who rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films. Waters was born in Baltimore, the son of Patricia Ann and John Samuel Waters, a manufacturer of fire-protection equipment, his family were upper-middle class Roman Catholics. Waters grew up in a suburb of Baltimore, his boyhood friend and muse Glenn Milstead known as Divine lived in Lutherville. The film Lili inspired an interest in puppets in the seven-year-old Waters, who proceeded to stage violent versions of Punch and Judy for children's birthday parties. Biographer Robrt L. Pela says that Waters' mother believes the puppets in Lili had the greatest influence on Waters' subsequent career. Cry-Baby was a product of Waters' boyhood, because of his fascination as a 7-year-old with the "Drapes" receiving intense news coverage because of the murder of a young "drapette", coupled with his awed admiration for a young man who lived across the street and who possessed a hot rod.
Waters was educated at the Calvert School in Baltimore. After attending Towson Jr. High School in Towson and Calvert Hall College High School in nearby Towson, he graduated from Boys' Latin School of Maryland. While still a teenager, Waters made frequent trips into the city to visit Martick's, a beatnik bar in downtown Baltimore, he and Milstead would meet many of their film collaborators there. Although underage and therefore not admitted into the bar proper, Waters loitered in the adjacent alley, where he relied on the kindness of patrons to slip him drinks. Waters' first short film was Hag in a Black Leather Jacket. According to Waters, the film was shown only once in a "beatnik coffee house" in Baltimore, although in years he has included it in his traveling photography exhibit. Waters enrolled at New York University; the school, was not what Waters had in mind: NYU... I was there for about five minutes. I don't know. I went to one class and they kept talking about Potemkin and that isn't what I wanted to talk about.
I had just gone to see Olga's House of Shame. That was. Influential to his creative mind, Waters tells Robert K. Elder in an interview for The Film That Changed My Life, was The Wizard of Oz. I was always drawn to forbidden subject matter in the very beginning; the Wizard of Oz opened me up because it was one of the first movies I saw. It opened me up to screenwriting, to costumes, and great dialogue. I think the witch has great dialogue. Waters has further credited his influences as, among others, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Federico Fellini, William Castle, Ingmar Bergman and Douglas Sirk, he has stated that he takes an equal amount of joy and influence from high-brow "art" films and sleazy exploitation films. In January 1966, Waters and some friends were caught smoking marijuana on the grounds of NYU. Waters returned to Baltimore, where he completed his next two short films Roman Candles and Eat Your Makeup; these were followed by the feature-length films Mondo Multiple Maniacs.
Waters' films would become Divine's primary star vehicles. All of Waters' early films were shot in the Baltimore area with his company of local actors, the Dreamlanders. In addition to Divine, the group included Mink Stole, Cookie Mueller, Edith Massey, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Susan Walsh, others. Waters' early campy movies present exaggerated characters in outrageous situations with hyperbolic dialogue. Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Desperate Living, which he labeled the Trash Trilogy, pushed hard at the boundaries of conventional propriety and movie censorship. A notorious scene from Pink Flamingos, added as a non sequitur to the film's end, featured—in one continuous take without special effects—a small dog defecating and Divine eating its feces. Waters' 1981 film Polyester starred Divine opposite former teen idol Tab Hunter. Since his films have become less controversial and more mainstream, although works such as Hairspray, Cry-Baby, Serial Mom and Cecil B. Demented still retain his trademark inventiveness.
The film Hairspray was turned into a hit Broadway musical that swept the 2003 Tony Awards, a film adaptation of the Broadway musical was released in theaters on July 20, 2007, to positive reviews and commercial success. Cry-Baby, itself a musical, was converted into a Broadway musical. In 2004, the NC-17-rated A Dirty Shame marked a return to his earlier, more controversial work of the 1970s, he had a cameo in Jackass Number Two, which starred Dirty Shame co-star Johnny Knoxville, another small role as paparazzo Pete Peters in 2004's Seed of Chucky. In 2007, Waters became the host of'Til Death Do Us Part, a program on America's Court TV network featuring dramatizations of marriages that soured and ended in murder. In 2008, Waters was planning to make a children's Christmas film called Fruitcake starring Johnny Knoxville and Parker Posey. Filming was planned for November 2008, but it was shelved in January 2009. In 2010, Waters told the Chicago Tribune that "Independent films that cost $5 million are hard to get made.
I sold the idea, got a development deal, got paid a great salary to write it—and now the company is no longer around, the case with many independent film companies these days."Waters has created characters with
Fuego (1969 film)
Fuego is a 1969 Argentine sexploitation drama film written and directed by Armando Bó and starring Isabel Sarli, Bó and Alba Mujica. The film has been cited as a favorite by filmmaker John Waters, who presented it as his annual selection within the 2002 Maryland Film Festival, it was a featured film in episode three of the Here! Network original series John Waters Presents Movies That Will Corrupt You. Isabel Sarli as Laura Alba Mujica as Andrea Armando Bo as Carlos Fuego at AllMovie Fuego on Cinenacional.com Fuego on IMDb Fuego at Rotten Tomatoes
Insaciable is a 1976 Argentine erotic drama film written and directed by Armando Bo. It stars Isabel Sarli as a "worried nymphomaniac in search of satisfaction or cure"; the film was controversial in Argentina due to its nudity and sexual content and lesbianism. This was played upon with a film poster documenting extracts from the Argentine press condemning the film and documenting those calling for it to be banned or censored. Isabel Sarli Jorge Barreiro Santiago Gómez Cou Armando Bo Horacio Bruno Mario Casado Claude Marting Enrique Vargas Olga Walk Lechuguita Amelia Sanguinetti Insaciable on IMDb
The Guns of Navarone (film)
The Guns of Navarone is a 1961 British-American epic adventure war film directed by J. Lee Thompson; the screenplay by producer Carl Foreman was based on Alistair MacLean's 1957 novel The Guns of Navarone, inspired by the Battle of Leros during the Dodecanese Campaign of World War II. The film stars Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn, along with Stanley Baker, Anthony Quayle, Irene Papas, Gia Scala, James Darren; the book and the film share the same basic plot: the efforts of an Allied commando unit to destroy a impregnable German fortress that threatens Allied naval ships in the Aegean Sea. In 1943, the Axis powers plan an assault on the island of Kheros — where 2,000 British soldiers are marooned — to display their military strength and convince neutral Turkey to join them. Rescue by the Royal Navy is prevented by two massive radar-directed superguns on nearby Navarone Island; when aerial bombing efforts fail, Allied Intelligence gathers a commando unit to infiltrate Navarone and destroy the guns.
Led by Major Roy Franklin, the team is composed of a renowned spy. Disguised as Greek fishermen on a decrepit fishing vessel, they sail across the Aegean Sea, where they overwhelm the crew of a German patrol boat intercepting them. In the voyage, Mallory confides to Franklin that Stavrou had sworn to kill him after the war, because Mallory was inadvertently responsible for the deaths of Stavrou's wife and children. After shipwrecking on Navarone's coast during a storm, the experienced mountaineer Mallory leads the team in a climb up the cliff. Franklin badly injures his leg while climbing. While taking shelter in the mountains, Mallory stops Franklin from committing suicide and lies to him that their mission is only a diversion and a major naval attack will be mounted on the coast instead, they rendezvous with two local resistance fighters, Spyros' sister Maria and her friend Anna, once captured and tortured by the Germans before escaping. The mission is continually dogged by German soldiers and the group is captured in the town of Mandrakos by Oberleutnant Muesel while trying to find a doctor for Franklin.
While being interrogated by SS Hauptsturmführer Sessler, Stavrou distracts the Germans and the team overpower their captors. They escape in German uniforms. In due course, Franklin gives up Mallory's misinformation; as Mallory had hoped, most forces leave the fortress to counter the expected coastal attack. Upon infiltrating the village of Navarone, Miller discovers most of his explosives have been sabotaged and deduces that Anna is the culprit, she confesses that she did not escape but that the Germans recruited her as an informer in exchange for her release. Mallory reluctantly prepares to execute Anna as a precaution against detection, but Maria shoots her instead; the team splits up: Mallory and Miller go for the guns and Spyros create distractions in town, assisted by local residents, Maria and Brown steal a boat for their escape. Spyros dies in a stand-off with a German officer, Brown from being stabbed during the boat theft. Meanwhile and Miller infiltrate the gun emplacement, but set off an alarm when they seal the doors behind them.
Miller plants explosives on the guns and prepares a large booby trap below an ammunition hoist, with a trigger device set into the hoist's track. The Germans gain entry into the gun emplacement and defuse the explosives planted directly on the guns. A wounded Stavrou is able to reach the sea and is helped aboard by Mallory, thus resolving the blood feud between them; as the Allied destroyers trying to rescue the trapped British troops appear, the Germans begin to fire—and begin hoisting in more ammunition. When the hoist reaches Miller's trigger, the hidden explosives set off the surrounding shells in a huge explosion that destroys the guns and the entire fortress. Mallory's team safely reaches the British convoy, but Stavrou shakes Mallory's hand and decides to return to Navarone with Maria, with whom he has fallen in love. Mallory and Miller, returning home, observe the aftermath of their success from a destroyer. Peter Grant, who had a brief career as an uncredited extra before becoming music manager of such popular English bands as the Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin and Bad Company, played an uncredited British commando.
The film was part of a cycle of big-budget World War II adventures that included The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Longest Day and The Great Escape. The screenplay, adapted by producer Carl Foreman, made significant changes from the novel The Guns of Navarone by Alistair MacLean; the film was directed by J. Lee Thompson. Thompson was brought in after original director Alexander Mackendrick was fired by Carl Foreman a week before shooting started due to "creative differences"; the Greek island of Rhodes provided locations and Quinn was so taken with the area that he bought land there in an area still called Anthony Quinn Bay. Some further scenes were shot on the islands of Gozo, near Malta, Tino, in the Ligurian Sea. One of the warships in the film, the USS Slater a training ship in the Hellenic Navy known as Aetos, is pr
The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll
The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll is a 1960 horror film by Hammer Film Productions, it was directed by Terence Fisher, stars Paul Massie as Dr. Jekyll, co-stars Dawn Addams, Christopher Lee and David Kossoff, it was written by Wolf Mankowitz, based on the 1886 novella Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. In contrast to other film versions, Jekyll was portrayed as a rather bland and faceless person, while Hyde was presented as suave and handsome; this reflects director Fisher's belief in what critics called "the charm of evil". The film is unusual in that it is one of the few where the Jekyll/Hyde character does not die in the story's conclusion; the film was released in North America to theaters under the titles House of Fright and Jekyll's Inferno and on American TV under its original British title. Dr. Henry Jekyll's wife, cheats on him with his friend Paul Allen. Ignoring the warnings of his colleague and friend Dr. Ernst Littauer, Jekyll concocts a chemical potion which he hopes will help him learn the depths of the human mind.
By testing the potion on himself, he transforms into Mr. Edward Hyde, a young and handsome, but murderous and lecherous man. Soon, Hyde becomes bored with conventional debauchery and when his eyes catch Kitty, he decides he must have her; when Kitty rejects him, Hyde leaves her unconscious. When Kitty wakes up in the bed, she notices that Hyde has scratched her neck in various places. Distressed, Kitty walks over to the table; when Kitty goes into the other room looking for Paul, she looks in to find out that her lover has been bitten by a venomous snake. To Kitty's misfortune, Paul is dead. Kitty walks over to the patio, puts her leg over the balcony, covers her ears in response to the loud music playing from the party and allows herself to fall off the balcony and through the glass roof covering the party guests. Hyde frames his other self for these crimes; the next day, Jekyll is horrified to learn of. After speaking to his other half via a mirror, Jekyll turns into Hyde out of control. Hyde kills a man by shooting him in the back and sets his body up on a desk.
Hyde sets fire to the laboratory as police show up at Jekyll's laboratory looking for him. Via a window, Hyde pretends. After escaping the building, Hyde claims Jekyll tried to kill Hyde and ended up shooting himself due to madness as the innocent man and Jekyll's lab burns. A few hours Hyde is summoned to the police station where he and some officers discuss the crime. After declaring Dr. Jekyll responsible for the crimes, Hyde tries to leave the building, but at the last minute Jekyll fights him from the inside and takes over again; as Dr. Jekyll sits on a bench, looking as sickly as he is surrounded by astonished people and arrested for his alleged crimes. Paul Massie as Dr. Henry Jekyll and Mr. Edward Hyde Dawn Addams as Kitty Jekyll Christopher Lee as Paul Allen David Kossoff as Dr. Littauer Francis de Wolff as Inspector Norma Marla as Maria Magda Miller as Sphinx Girl Oliver Reed as Nightclub Bouncer William Kendall as Clubman Helen Goss as Nanny Pauline Shepherd as Prostitute Percy Cartwright as Coroner Joe Robinson as Corinthian Arthur Lovegrove as Cabby Felix Felton as First Gambler The film was to star Louis Jourdan.
Reviews were mixed to negative. The Monthly Film Bulletin of the UK wrote that the film "may be forgiven for tampering with a classic, but not for doing so with such a depressing lack of either wit or competence... Silliness, in fact, has got the better of the film to such an extent that its most calculatedly vicious episodes appear only mildly grotesque; the production, which uses up colour film lavishly on such episodes as a cancan sequence, is otherwise hard-up for ideas." Variety gave the film a good review, praising Paul Massie for an "interesting performance" and Jack Asher for "colorful and sure" camerawork. Eugene Archer of The New York Times called the film "lurid", Massie "frankly ridiculous." Harrison's Reports graded the film as "Fair", adding, "Horror fans will hardly be scared by this well-mounted British import... Paul Massie does the best he can in the poorly written twin role."The film lost Hammer an estimated ₤30,000. The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll on IMDb The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll at AllMovie The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll at the TCM Movie Database
Time is an American weekly news magazine and news website published in New York City. It was founded in 1923 and run by Henry Luce. A European edition is published in London and covers the Middle East, and, since 2003, Latin America. An Asian edition is based in Hong Kong; the South Pacific edition, which covers Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, is based in Sydney. In December 2008, Time discontinued publishing a Canadian advertiser edition. Time has the world's largest circulation for a weekly news magazine; the print edition has a readership of 26 million. In mid-2012, its circulation was over three million, which had lowered to two million by late 2017. Richard Stengel was the managing editor from May 2006 to October 2013, when he joined the U. S. State Department. Nancy Gibbs was the managing editor from September 2013 until September 2017, she was succeeded by Edward Felsenthal, Time's digital editor. Time magazine was created in 1923 by Briton Hadden and Henry Luce, making it the first weekly news magazine in the United States.
The two had worked together as chairman and managing editor of the Yale Daily News. They first called the proposed magazine Facts, they wanted to emphasize brevity. They changed the name to Time and used the slogan "Take Time–It's Brief". Hadden was liked to tease Luce, he saw Time as important, but fun, which accounted for its heavy coverage of celebrities, the entertainment industry, pop culture—criticized as too light for serious news. It set out to tell the news through people, for many decades, the magazine's cover depicted a single person. More Time has incorporated "People of the Year" issues which grew in popularity over the years. Notable mentions of them were Steve Jobs, etc.. The first issue of Time was published on March 3, 1923, featuring Joseph G. Cannon, the retired Speaker of the House of Representatives, on its cover. 1, including all of the articles and advertisements contained in the original, was included with copies of the February 28, 1938 issue as a commemoration of the magazine's 15th anniversary.
The cover price was 15¢ On Hadden's death in 1929, Luce became the dominant man at Time and a major figure in the history of 20th-century media. According to Time Inc.: The Intimate History of a Publishing Enterprise 1972–2004 by Robert Elson, "Roy Edward Larsen was to play a role second only to Luce's in the development of Time Inc". In his book, The March of Time, 1935–1951, Raymond Fielding noted that Larsen was "originally circulation manager and general manager of Time publisher of Life, for many years president of Time Inc. and in the long history of the corporation the most influential and important figure after Luce". Around the time they were raising $100,000 from wealthy Yale alumni such as Henry P. Davison, partner of J. P. Morgan & Co. publicity man Martin Egan and J. P. Morgan & Co. banker Dwight Morrow, Henry Luce, Briton Hadden hired Larsen in 1922 – although Larsen was a Harvard graduate and Luce and Hadden were Yale graduates. After Hadden died in 1929, Larsen purchased 550 shares of Time Inc. using money he obtained from selling RKO stock which he had inherited from his father, the head of the Benjamin Franklin Keith theatre chain in New England.
However, after Briton Hadden's death, the largest Time, Inc. stockholder was Henry Luce, who ruled the media conglomerate in an autocratic fashion, "at his right hand was Larsen", Time's second-largest stockholder, according to Time Inc.: The Intimate History of a Publishing Enterprise 1923–1941. In 1929, Roy Larsen was named a Time Inc. director and vice president. J. P. Morgan retained a certain control through two directorates and a share of stocks, both over Time and Fortune. Other shareholders were the New York Trust Company; the Time Inc. stock owned by Luce at the time of his death was worth about $109 million, it had been yielding him a yearly dividend of more than $2.4 million, according to Curtis Prendergast's The World of Time Inc.: The Intimate History of a Changing Enterprise 1957–1983. The Larsen family's Time stock was worth around $80 million during the 1960s, Roy Larsen was both a Time Inc. director and the chairman of its executive committee serving as Time's vice chairman of the board until the middle of 1979.
According to the September 10, 1979, issue of The New York Times, "Mr. Larsen was the only employee in the company's history given an exemption from its policy of mandatory retirement at age 65." After Time magazine began publishing its weekly issues in March 1923, Roy Larsen was able to increase its circulation by using U. S. radio and movie theaters around the world. It promoted both Time magazine and U. S. political and corporate interests. According to The March of Time, as early as 1924, Larsen had brought Time into the infant radio business with the broadcast of a 15-minute sustaining quiz show entitled Pop Question which survived until 1925". In 1928, Larsen "undertook the weekly broadcast of a 10-minute programme series of brief news summaries, drawn from current issues of Time magazine, broadcast over 33 stations throughout the United States". Larsen next arranged for a 30-minute radio program, The March of Time, to be broadcast over CBS, beginning on March 6, 1931; each week, the program presented a dramatisation of the week's news for its listeners, thus Time magazine itself was brought "to the attention of millions unaware