“…it’s greatness keeps slip-sliding all over the place and every time you try to put your finger on it, it keeps moving all over the place. I’m not sure that it’s GREAT, but I am certain that it’s NOT terrible, and with a film this extreme, what other argument is there? There’s so little middle ground in a movie like this. There’s nothing boring about it.” – Adam Nayman
Esteemed critic Adam Nayman recently penned a book entitled It Doesn’t Suck: Showgirls, which argues for Paul Verhoeven’s notorious 1995 flop Showgirls as a misunderstood and fascinating work from a singular artist. Not only does Nayman aim to resuscitate the movie from its lowly reputation with thoughtful consideration, he also explores the factors (historical, critical, economic, sociocultural, etc.) that contribute to its regrettable place in pop culture—as well as its revisionist resurgence in recent years.
At a TIFF Bell Lightbox screening of Showgirls, Nayman was on hand to talk about his newly published monograph and the film itself—in all its complex and complicated glory.