Baltimore's own John Waters, at the Sept. 5 opening of "Fifty Years of John Waters: How Much Can You Take?," a retrospective put together by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and running in New York through Sept. 14.
Baltimore's own John Waters, at the Sept. 5 opening of "Fifty Years of John Waters: How Much Can You Take?," a retrospective put together by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and running in New York through Sept. 14. (Kris Connor, Getty Images)

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."

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The program also includes a self-explanatory series, picked by Waters, of "Movies I'm Jealous I Didn't Make." These include James Wong's "Final Destination," David Cronenberg's "Crash" and Jacques Nolot's "Before I Forget." As Waters himself notes, "Jealousy over other directors' careers is a terrible thing to waste."

But the real treat comes Sept. 11, when "Celluloid Atrocity Night" includes not only "Mondo Trasho" and 1970's "Multiple Maniacs" (as well as "Linkletter"), but an appearance and onstage interview with Waters himself.

Waters will also be on-hand for a Q&A following a Sept. 12 screening of 2000's "Cecil B. Demented."

And here's something you won't want to miss: the Lincoln Center is selling a $22 pink tote bag to mark the retrospective, complete with a sketch of the immortal Divine on the front.

Screening tickets are $8-$13. Go to filmlinc.com for more information on "Fifty Years of John Waters," including a full schedule.

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