Showgirls is one of the most notorious and provocative films of all time. In 1995 it was billed as a searing and sexual look into the world of the erotic dancers of Las Vegas, and touted as the beginning of a new era of adult entertainment –a flagship for the NC-17 rating.
But it opened to searing critiques, being almost universally panned and NC-17 was big red flag and box office poison. The film’s lead, Elizabeth Berkley‘s career was marred for years to come and she was almost defeated by an industry who blamed her unapologetically celebrating her sexuality. But Berkley – buoyed by the thunderous support of fans –has since publicly embraced her legacy. She’s acknowledged the iconic character she tried for years to forget, and admits that she’s grown to admire Nomi’s strength.
And Showgirls devotees have embraced their inner Goddesses and shown up with it at midnight screenings and drag shows around the globe.
Goddess: The Fall & Rise of Showgirls is the seventh feature documentary film from Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz. There will be clips from the film, behind-the-scenes photos video, with brand new interviews of the cast, crew, critics and connoisseurs who dish all the dirt, sanctioned by Showgirls‘ director, Paul Verhoeven.
Documentaries, especially personal projects like this are tough to fund, so a Kickstarter was initiated and the goal was met. Director Jeffrey Schwartz said,
“Goddess will be the definitive chronicle of one of the most riveting, polarizing, derided and deified movies of the past 25 years (or EVER). We’ll explore Showgirls’ journey from box office poison to beloved cult classic, and the effect it had on the careers of those involved. We’ll also examine the legacy of Showgirls, and the woman at the center of its storm.”