This Filthy World

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Bad-taste icon John Waters—the man who directed Divine to snack on dog shit—hasn’t been a screen provocateur in ages. But when he starts recounting back-lot tales of police raids and kidnapped vagrants in this filmed monologue, the impishly wicked auteur of old resurfaces. Waters is also surprisingly adept at stand-up, riffing on drug culture, sexual peccadilloes and death-row-wardrobe options. (He suggests rubber flip-flops.) His treacly Hairspray may be thrilling the blue-hairs on Broadway, but the crown prince of perversion is, thankfully, as indecent as ever. (Opens Fri; Cinema Village.) — Dan Avery

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