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Ahhhhh Showgirls…winner of just about every Razzie it was nominated for in 1995. Eight in total I think. Did it deserve the bad rap it got? Adam Nayman thinks no. What do I think? Probably not…but I am not a critic so I will leave that to the experts.
When Showgirls was first released on video- I was kind of excited. A glitzy movie about a Vegas Showgirl’s rise to the top of the Showgirl hierarchy.
It had a wonderful poster…
It had two lovely and talented main fe
Toronto critic Adam Nayman’s defense of the artistic merit of Showgirls is a noble pursuit, because even the cult audience it finally attained is wrong about it.
First things first, Susan Sontag’s definition of “camp” has, in my view, lost its relevance in recent decades. If camp was once defined as a work that’s so bad it’s good, it now denotes a self-conscious jokey style. In camp, gags aren’t allowed to unfold as straightforward drama. They’re underlined with a wink and a nod and an irritatin
I guess if there is an issue to be had with the book, it is that considering the brevity of the Pop Classics series’ format, there is little room to draw out much of the analysis that Showgirls calls for, and it is clear that Nayman has plenty to say about the film. However, as is the book is a little gem. It is a work that contrary to the cheeky title is less about assuming a defense against naysayers, but more of a response to the camp that have reclaimed it as something of a “so bad it’s good