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A half-century of John Waters invades New York

A half-century of John Waters invades New York

John Waters' ongoing conquest of the arts world continues in New York this month, with a film retrospective at Lincoln Center titled -- and some may appreciate this title more than others -- "Fifty Years of John Waters: How Much Can You Take?"

The retrospective, running through Sept. 14, includes 12 of Waters' feature films, from 1969's "Mondo Trasho" to 2004's "A Dirty Shame." It features rare screenings of many of his short films, including 1964's "Hag in a Black Leather Jacket," 1966's "Roman Candles" and 1970's "The Diane Linkletter Story."

The program also includes a self-explanatory series, picked by Waters,...