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You Don’t Nomi

Paul Verhoeven’s much-maligned masterpiece is put under the microscope in this fascinating rumination on the one and only Showgirls.

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Dir Jeffrey McHale
Prod Ariana Garfinkel, Jeffrey McHale
USA
2019
92min
UK Distribution Bulldog Film Distribution

When it opened in 1995, Paul Verhoeven’s big-budget sleaze-fest Showgirls was the talk of the town – for all the wrong reasons. Reviled by critics and ignored by audiences, the only place it found any love was at the Razzies. But time is a great healer and as the years have passed perceptions of Showgirls have slowly begun to shift. In his riveting, deftly cine-literate investigation into the evolution of a true cult favourite, director Jeffrey McHale assembles a chorus of critics, academics and fans to have their say on one of cinema’s most baffling camp classics. More akin to an essay film than a conventional documentary, You Don’t Nomi makes a fascinating case for (and against) a film that we are still trying to understand all these years later.

Michael Blyth

See the Showgirls Shade-Along screening.



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