YOU DON’T NOMI
JEFFREY MCHALE | USA | 2019 | 94 MIN | NR
This screening will feature live music 30 minutes prior to start time.
For a movie that landed with a resounding thud in theaters nearly 25 years ago and received a then-record 13 Razzie nominations, SHOWGIRLS has had a surprisingly long and complicated life. Once dismissed as a failure, Paul Verhoeven’s outrageous showbiz melodrama is now both a certified camp classic and an unlikely favorite among many serious-minded cinephiles. Jeffrey McHale’s lovingly crafted documentary combines clips from the film with insights from fans and critics from all points on the spectrum of Showgirls fandom. Equal parts E! True Hollywood Story and PhD thesis, it offers revealing insight into making of the film, fascinating new ways to interpret it within Verhoeven’s oeuvre, and an array of interpretations of the film’s potential meanings (whether intentional or unintentional). YOU DON’T NOMI is clear catnip for Showgirls fans, but it should be of equal interest to non-acolytes. It’s a deliriously free-wheeling meditation on a garish bauble of a film that’s as difficult to know as Nomi Malone herself.
Part of the Philadelphia Film Society’s AFTER HOURS series.
Followed by SHOWGIRLS at 9:30 PM. Click here for tickets.
Paul Verhoeven’s raunchy, over-the-top backstage melodrama follows drifter Nomi Malone as she claws her way into the upper echelons of Vegas entertainment.