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Boston Jewish Film Festival presents WORKING WOMAN • Saturday 11/10 at 9:15

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Thu, Aug 16, 2018

Special Events Archive

Showgirls

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Special “All About Evil” Double Feature!
Author Adam Nayman in Person!

Double Feature with ALL ABOUT EVE (6:00)

SHOWGIRLS (1995) dir Paul Verhoeven w/Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, Gina Gershon [128 min; 35mm]

Paul Verhoeven referred to his 1995 Las Vegas odyssey, SHOWGIRLS, as “All About Evil,” a nod to Joseph L. Mankewicz’s ALL ABOUT EVE, the 1950 melodrama about the rivalry between an aging Broadway star and an adoring, ambitious young fan who inserts herself into the older woman’s life. One film won an Oscar for Best Picture, the other a Razzie for Worst, but they make for a fabulous double bill: twin visions of backstage intrigue filled with diabolically self-interested characters, bitchy putdowns, and a bracing wisdom about the commodification of female identity. Like ALL ABOUT EVE, SHOWGIRLS plays out as an acid, cautionary satire of an entertainment industry where celebrity is fleeting and trust is hard to come by, examining a similar story from an inverted angle. Here, the usurping Eve is the heroine in the form of Elizabeth Berkely’s Nomi Malone, while Gina Gershon channels Bette Davis’s imperious diva-isms as the Strip’s reigning version of Margo Channing. The classic and the anti-classic together perfectly. Fasten your seat-belts, it’s going to be a bumpy night. – Adam Nayman

Adam Nayman, film critic and author of It Doesn’t Suck: Showgirls, will introduce both films and sign copies of his book following ALL ABOUT EVE.

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