Desperate Living

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Time Out says

Revelling in the travesty of carnal excess, Desperate Living transforms the standard elements of fairytale into a pastiche of dominant sexual mores. The wicked queen is an omnivorous barracuda-mother with a predilection for leather boys, who devours her empire's sub-lumpen populace with an appetite that is tempered only by perverse sadism. Her princess daughter, trapped in the heterosexual pursuit of a Love Story, is finally saved by a rebellious uprising of lesbian transsexual heroines who bring about the collapse of the maternal dictatorship. Single-mindedly tracing the limits where hedonism becomes revulsion, this is a celebration of the flesh, a revindication of marginalised sexualities, of desire as artifice, which is a lot less misogynist than the tasteful aestheticism of 'natural' sexuality in softcore porn.
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Release details

UK release:

1977

Duration:

91 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Mink Stole, Susan Lowe, Mary Vivian Pearce, Liz Renay, Edith Massey, Jean Hill

Director:

John Waters

Screenwriter:

John Waters

Producer:

John Waters

Art Director:

Vincent Peranio

Editor:

Charles Roggero

Music:

Chris Lobinger

Cinematography:

John Waters, Thomas Loizeaux

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