Wednesday Night at the Cinematheque
ROCK THE SCREEN series
(d John Waters, 1988, US), 92 mins. -- Rated PG
The world was a mess, but their hair was perfect
In 1962, Baltimore teen Tracy Turnblad (Ricki Lake) wants nothing more than to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local rock n'roll television program. The show relies on Black music, but doesn't allow Black teens to dance on camera. Tracy becomes a regular and challenges segregation. This campy comedy inspired a remake, a Broadway musical adaptation, and a live TV broadcast. With Divine, Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown, and Debbie Harry.