UPPER WEST SIDE — Prepare to lose your appetite.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced Wednesday it will host a film series honoring cult icon John Waters this September.
The festival, "Fifty Years of John Waters: How Much Can You Take?" runs from September 5-14, with a discussion planned with the director on opening night. It marks the 50th anniversary of Waters first film, the short "Hag in a Leather Jacket."
“From his early underground sensations to his subversive work within the mainstream, no filmmaker has done as much to blur and challenge the distinctions between high and low culture, and between good and bad taste," Dennis Lim, the Film Society’s director of programming said in a statement.
The retrospective will feature 12 films Waters directed, from his early "Pink Flamingo" to "Cry-Baby" to "Hairspray."
The Film Society will replicate the original experience of moviegoers attending his 1981 feature "Poylester" by handing out scratch-and-sniff "Odoroma cards" so that viewers can smell what they are seeing. At 10 points during the movie, viewers are instructed to scratch-and-sniff the number that corresponds to the one flashed on the movie screen.
Waters fanatics will appreciate the chance to watch his first features "Mondo Trasho" and "Multiple Maniacs" on 16 mm film from Waters' personal collection, presented by the director himself on Sept. 11.
For a full schedule and ticket information, click here. If space is available, free tickets will be distributed an hour before the film at the Elinor Bunin Munroe box office.