Dumpster Raccoon's Summer of Verhoeven: Showgirls (1995)
ALL SUMMER LONG, Dumpster Raccoon Cinema tackles the KING of misunderstood trash cinema, PAUL VERHOEVEN!
Somehow one brilliant mind produced across a myriad of genres some of the all-time classics of dumpster cinema, and we're showing the holy trilogy of his misread classics: Join us for Dumpster Raccoon's Summer of Verhoeven!: Robocop (1987)! SHOWGIRLS! And Dumpster Raccoon's Summer of Verhoeven: Starship Troopers (1997)!
Come see the strange contours of Verhoeven's brutalist, ultraviolet aesthetic - and his surprisingly yearning and thoroughly humanist ethic! Watch one of cinema history's greatest tragedies unfold, as a genius satirists's texts are, time and time again, misread by his enthusiastic frat-bro audience!
In August, we screen the unforgettable, bewildering camp classic SHOWGIRLS: a neon-noir disasterpiece about Las Vegas sexploitation brimming with titillation and one too many femme fatales as Nomi Malone - Elizabeth Berkley, fresh from SAVED BY THE BELL and trying, very hard, to cut loose - takes on the tinsel and trappings of the casinos and the strip. Watch as the most bafflingly unsexy sexy movie unfolds and explodes - and Verhoeven aims a surprisingly focussed laser-beam at the entertainment industry's ruthless exploitation of women. A sumptuously shot, dazzlingly pyrotechnic camp comedy masterpiece - join the crowd for an unbelievable cinematic experience!
All accompanied by live drag performances, pre-show commentary, and the best theatre audience in Toronto! Join us for the SUMMER OF VERHOEVEN!!!
Content Advisory: Showgirls contains scenes of graphic sexual assault.