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Do Not Do This Cool Thing: Not his films, but he mercilessly parodied this in a theater warning which featured himself. He's supposed to tell the audience that smoking is restricted in the theater, but he does so by intentionally sending out mixed signals, like happily puffing on a cigarette himself and questioning the validity of the rule.
Genre Shift: Polyester was his first step toward the mainstream. It took him to Hairspray to actually get there, but, it is the earliest film of his that Leonard Maltin includes a review of in his books.
Grossout Show: Many of his movies would qualify. Especially Pink Flamingos.
Insult Backfire: A long-delayed example, but it counts. Rex Reed had hated Female Trouble, to the point that in his review he had asked, "Where do these people come from? Where do they go when the sun goes down? Isn't there a law or something?" When Female Trouble was released on DVD, this quote was on the front of its box.
Keep Circulating the Tapes: Mondo Trasho has yet to see DVD release due to rights issues (Waters took the soundtrack from his own records collection), but was released on VHS, making it rare but available.
Lost Forever: While not lost in the same way as, say, London After Midnight, Waters refuses to release his first three movies in any format, and they have not appeared since their original showings. This may be in part due to their presentation; Eat Your Makeup, for example, consists of three separate reels of footage shown on three screens simultaneously, without sound, as a separate audio recording plays. This isn't something you can replicate on a DVD player.
"We need to make books cool again. If you go home with somebody and they donít have books, donít fuck them. Donít let them explore you until theyíve explored the secret universes of books. Donít let them connect with you until theyíve walked between the lines on the pages. Books are cool, if you have to withhold yourself from someone for a bit in order for them to realize this then do so."
Tactful Translation: Brought Female Trouble to a film festival in Antwerp, Belgium. While describing the film, the translator became so appalled at what Waters was saying that she stopped translating his comments and started telling the audience something completely different. Because Waters doesn't speak Dutch, he didn't know this was happenening until someone told him afterwards.