Screening & Live Event: Showgirls
Where: Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Ave.
718-777-6888 Price: $15
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Introduced by Adam Nayman
Preceded by a book signing in the Moving Image Store at 5pm.
Dir. Paul Verhoeven. 1995, 128 mins. 35mm. With Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, Gina Gershon. Nomi at MoMI! “Leave your inhibitions at the door” panted the ads for Verhoeven’s NC-17 rated cause célèbre. Primed to pan pretty much anything the director did in the wake of Basic Instinct, most critics opted to leave their senses of humor behind. A deluxe nudity-filled update of the classic Hollywood musical, Showgirls features a sturdy veteran-versus-ingenue plotline (Verhoeven dubbed it “All About Evil”). Showgirls is not only better than its reputation (but then it would have to be) and more durable than its critics (some of whom have recanted): it stands, nearly twenty years on, as the last (dirty) word in the cinema du sleaze.