20th Anniversary Screening: Showgirls with Director Paul Verhoeven in person
Directed by Paul Verhoeven
Released in 1995 to scathing reviews and underwhelming box office and subsequently reclaimed as a cult cinema objet d’art, Paul Verhoeven’s “Showgirls” is one of the most infamous American movies of all time. By turns campy and confrontational in its depiction of Las Vegas showbiz culture—specifically the strip clubs lining the Strip—the film riffs on classic backstage melodramas; it’s not for nothing that the director termed its tale of an ingenue (Elizabeth Berkeley) butting perfectly curled heads with a diva (Gina Gershon) “All About Evil.” Tacky, tasteless, and adorned by scenery chewing performances, Showgirls is easily appreciated as an I-Love-the-90s artifact, but there’s a real movie lurking underneath those lacquered surfaces. When the indomitable Nomi Malone dances to “I’m Afraid of Americans,” it’s the perfect Verhoeven-ian overture to a film that viciously satirizes ambition, aspiration and affluence.
Director Paul Verhoeven in person!
20th Anniversary Screening Q&A following the screening with Paul Verhoeven and Adam Nayman, author of “It Doesn’t Suck,” a critical study of Showgirls.