Sunday, July 20, 2014
Excellent documentary by Jeffrey Schwartz examining the life of talented character actor Harris Glenn Milstead, better known as drag performer Divine. Tracing his career from his early films with John Waters, to his stage shows in San Francisco and New York, his recording career as a disco performer, and his untimely death immediately following the premiere of HAIRSPRAY, Schwartz's documentary captures Divine's enormous talent, larger-than-life personality, and generosity that earned him equal measures of love and respect from colleagues and audiences alike throughout his career. A highlight are the interviews with Divine's mother, who touchingly recalls her relationship with her son. A fitting tribute to a great talent.