Content Warning: SHOWGIRLS contains scenes of sexual violence that might be triggering or upsetting to some viewers
Paint your nails and hitch a ride to the Vegas strip with Ladies of Burlesque as we present Paul Verhoeven’s much-maligned, but radically gratifying SHOWGIRLS. Presented in 35mm and with burlesque performances from legendary Toronto showgirls Genie Emerald and Laura Desiree, we’re celebrating the expanded 2nd edition printing of “It Doesn’t Suck,” film critic Adam Nayman’s cultural reappraisal and persuasive defense of one of the most notorious films ever made.
The first intentional NC-17 film, Verhoeven’s SHOWGIRLS follows Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkley), a young drifter who works her way up from bargain-basement stripper to bonafide, Vegas showgirl headliner, utilizing all her various talents, as well as a few devious tactics. Contending with her professional (and erotic) rival Cristal Connors (Gina Gershon), as well as sleazy producer Zach Cary (Kyle MacLachlan), Nomi is thrust into a pressure cooker of the worst Vegas has to offer. Beloved by such respected filmmakers as French New Waver Jacques Rivette and American Indie God Jim Jarmusch, SHOWGIRLS is like watching ALL ABOUT EVE on crack. Fellini-esque, as pointed out by Verhoeven himself, its most criticized qualities were misunderstood at the time of its release. Seething in its depiction of misogyny, today it stands as a reflection of American excess and unforgivable abuses of power. And while it serves as a social critique, it is nevertheless astounding in its ability to brandish overindulgence with so much pomp.
Copies of Nayman’s “It Doesn’t Suck” (published by ECW Press) will be for sale, and bags of chips will be available at the concessions stand!
Tickets: $12 Advance, $14 Door
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