Wednesday, November 25, 2015

How Paul Verhoeven Survived 'Showgirls' and Turned His Back on Hollywood

READ MORE: 'Spotlight' and 'Carol' to Headline 4th Annual Key West Film Festival (Plus Full Lineup) "I survived 'Showgirls,'" Paul Verhoeven told the crowd at the awards ceremony for the Key West Film Festival last weekend. He wasn't entirely joking: Twenty years ago, the Dutch filmmaker's sultry Vegas-set tale of an aspiring dancer (Elizabeth Berkley) who gets drawn into the seedier side of show business was reviled far and wide. Verhoeven himself never made peace with the project, but still had a few more years of Hollywood material left in him. A visionary filmmaker who leveraged his success in Holland into making subversive blockbusters ranging from "Robocop" to...

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