BFI Uncut Season: 'Pink Flamingos' review

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★★★★☆ John Walters' 1972 cult classic Pink Flamingos proved less problematic across the Atlantic than it did in the UK, and found a niche via the midnight movies circuit - a movement which also offered a cinematic afterlife to similar, non-mainstream features (films which formed the basis, alongside Pink Flamingos, of an entertaining 2005 documentary on the subject, Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream). The BBFC were less enamoured with the film, and throughout the years, it has popped up in various unrated and heavily-edited versions (it bypassed the 'video nasties' hysteria of the early 1980s) and was only released uncut in 2008.

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