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Polyester in Odorama!

1hr 26mins
Directed by
John Waters
Tab Huinter,
Edith Massey,
Mink Stole

John Waters’s hilarious '80s melodrama, presented in its original ODORAMA: all audience members will be given a scratch-and-sniff card for the ultimate fragrant film experience! Before the screening, biological anthropologist Dr. Eva Garrett will discuss how our sense of smell evolved.

For his first studio picture, filth maestro John Waters took advantage of his biggest budget yet to allow his muse Divine to sink his teeth into a role unlike any he had played before: Baltimore housewife Francine Fishpaw, a heroine worthy of a Douglas Sirk melodrama. Blessed with a keen sense of smell and cursed with a philandering pornographer husband, a parasitic mother, and a pair of delinquent children, the long-suffering Francine turns to the bottle as her life falls apart—until deliverance appears in the form of a hunk named Todd Tomorrow (vintage heartthrob Tab Hunter). Enhanced with Odorama™ technology that enables you to scratch and sniff along with Francine, Polyester is one of Waters’ most hilarious inventions, replete with stomach-churning smells, sadistic nuns, AA meetings, and foot stomping galore. — Criterion Collection

About the Speaker

Eva Garrett is an assistant professor of Biological Anthropology at Boston University and the co-PI of BU’s Sensory Morphology and Genomic Anthropology Lab. Dr. Garrett uses multidisciplinary techniques to study the sense of smell and how it has evolved in primates over the last 70 million years. Her research integrates diverse fields including morphology, genomics, and paleontology to understand how humans and our closest relatives have evolved our unique sensory adaptations.

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