Capital Celluloid 2022 — Day 111: Sat Apr 23

Showgirls (Verhoeven, 1995): Everyman Screen on the Green, 10.30pm

This 35mm presentation, part of a Paul Verehoeven season at Screen on the Green,  is also being screened on April 27th (details here).

This movie was roundly slammed on release was nominated for film turkey awards in the past but I have always been a big fan. Verhoeven is incapable of making a boring movie and this picture with Elizabeth Berkley as a wild-eyed ingénue who takes the Las Vegas exotic-dance scene by storm has energy to spare. It is also a somewhat subversive movie.

Chicago Reader review:
Director Paul Verhoeven and writer Joe Eszterhas's fresh meat market—a sleazy Las Vegas porn show with clunky production numbers that resemble body-building exercises, backed by heaps of big studio money. The story, a low-rent version of All About Eve, charts the rise of one bimbo showgirl (Elizabeth Berkley) at the expense of another (Gina Gershon); alas, the only actor who seems comfortable is Kyle MacLachlan. I must admit that, as with Basic Instinct and Starship Troopers, which I also underrated initially, this 1995 movie has only improved with age—or maybe it's just that viewers like me are only now catching up with the ideological ramifications of the cartoonlike characters. In this case, the degree to which Las Vegas (and by implication Hollywood) is viewed as the ultimate capitalist machine is an essential part of the poisonous package. With Glenn Plummer, Robert Davi, Alan Rachins, and Gina Ravera.
Jonathan Rosenbaum

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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