It’s been 10 years since we last saw a new film from Paul Verhoeven, whose darkly satirical style has made his body of work incredibly divisive. That perspective hasn’t changed much over the past decade, though Verhoeven’s approach to style and tone has certainly matured, as evidenced by Elle. Featuring a razor sharp performance from the incomparable Isabelle Huppert, Verhoeven’s latest effort is a crafty and expertly layered drama in which a successful woman experiences a rather unconventional midlife awakening.
Most people would tell you that Showgirls is a bizarre, tone-deaf curiosity in Paul Verhoeven’s filmography — that it doesn’t belong on the same shelf next to beloved Verhoeven cult classics like RoboCop and Starship Troopers. Those people would be incorrect. Despite its failure to capture audiences and critics alike, Showgirls is every bit as satirical and entertaining as the more respected films in Verhoeven’s catalog, and the people at Pathé Films seem to agree.
Paul Verhoeven hasn’t released a new film since 2007's divisive World War II thriller Black Book, but the cult favorite director returns this year with two new films — one is the crowdsourced indie Tricked (opening soon in New York), and the other is the far more intriguing Elle, a French language thriller starring Isabelle Huppert, a cat and a hammer.
20 years later and most people still don’t know what to make of Paul Verhoeven’s trash masterpiece Showgirls, the film in which former Saved by the Bell star Elizabeth Berkley attempted to shed her prudish image but instead made audiences — and studios — weary of her presence According to Verhoeven, the same fate could have befallen Charlize Theron, as the director reveals that Theron auditioned for the lead role in the film but was ultimately passed over for Berkley.
Released in 1995 and directed by Paul Verhoeven, who previously gave us classics like 'RoboCop' and 'Total Recall,' 'Showgirls' was a delightful trainwreck of a movie, and an instant so-bad-it's-awesome classic. Former 'Saved by the Bell' star Elizabeth Berkeley starred in the leading role -- looking to shed her good girl image like so many actresses before her, Berkeley played Nomi Malone, a young woman who goes to Las Vegas with dreams of becoming a famous dancer, but finds that those dreams come with a major price. With a cast bolstered by Gina Gershon and Kyle MacLachlan, 'Showgirls' flopped both critically and commercially, but has gone on to become something of a trashy cult classic. 19 years later, we look back at the cast of the film and see what they're up to now.
Move over, Darren Aronofsky -- there's another biblical tale in the works. Director Paul Verhoeven (the original 'RoboCop,' 'Showgirls') has found funding and a writer for his potentially shocking film about Jesus, titled 'Jesus of Nazareth.'