I Am Divine


Movie: 3.5 out of 4 stars

Disc: 3 out of 4 stars

Born in Baltimore in 1945, Harris Glenn Milstead — performing under the stage name Divine — became perhaps the most recognized drag queen in entertainment history. Divine got his start in the mid ’60s before meeting fellow Baltimorean John Waters, who included him in almost all of his films, most notably “Pink Flamingos” and the first “Hairspray.” Divine’s career beyond Waters is less well-known and makes up more than half of director Jeffrey Schwarz’s engrossing and thoughtful documentary. Interspersed with stock footage and film clips are recent interviews with Waters and co-stars Ricki Lake, Tab Hunter and Mink Stole and Divine’s mother. Certainly not for all tastes, the film is nonetheless an indispensable curio.

Technical specs: aspect ratio: Widescreen (16 x 9), audio: English (5.1 Surround, 2.0 Stereo), subtitles: English.

Special features include:

• Deleted scenes

• Filmmaker commentary

• Trailer

Wolfe Video, $24.95