You Don't Nomi

USA 2019
Director : Jeffrey McHale
Cast : Adam Nayman, April Kidwell, Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, David Schmader, Haley Mlotek

94 Min. | OV
European Premiere
International Section

»Basic Instinct« catapulted Paul Verhoeven to the top. His films polarized, played with violence and sexuality and were box-office hits. He and his screenwriter Joe Eszterhas were Hollywood’s Masters of the Universe, and their next film, »Showgirls«, a surefire hit. It was not meant to be. The story of the young stripper Nomi who tries to find stardom in Las Vegas, but only encounters its dark recesses, was a huge bomb and almost universally declared the worst film of all time. Maybe it was out of malice directed at the incredible hubris of »Showgirls«, which gleefully maneuvers between pulp and provocation.Only slowly and certainly due to a love of »bad cinema«, a cult formed around the film, which Jeffrey McHale chronicles with his documentary. A smart and insightful capture of this dazzling piece of American pop culture, the fans that turned it into a cult movie, and its importance for American Queer Cinema.