AbstractSpring 2003, Vol. 56, No. 3, Pages 32–46Posted online on December 2, 2003.(doi:10.1525/fq.2003.56.3.32)Round Table: ShowgirlsAkira Mizuta Lippit, Noël Burch, Chon Noriega, Ara Osterweil, Linda Williams,Eric Shaefer, Jeffrey Sconce
As recently as December, 2002, the New York Times' Elvis Mitchell referred to the "wreckage" ofShowgirls (1995). Yet the Film Quarterly editorial board had just been galvanized by a discussion of the same film. Apparently there exists a number of secret and not-so-secret devotees of the film.Showgirls has, perhaps unexpectedly, served to stimulate scholarly thought around issues of camp, satire, class, gender, the fallen woman, showgirl musicals, trash cinema, sexploitation films, hedonistic criticism, and reading and teaching the film. Noël Burch, Akira Mizuta Lippit, Chon Noriega, Ara Osterweil, Eric Schaefer, Jeffrey Sconce, and Linda Williams have contributed to this discussion of the film. Perhaps Showgirls can still be rescued from the wreckage?
Date: Thu, 23 Dec 2010 23:32:14 -0500
From: bill harris <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: EJMD's request for Showgirls article
A decade ago I wrote an article entitled "Is Liz Berkley The Body without Organs"?
I was motivated to do so by the noxiously conformist gang-rape attitude of Amerikan film criticism
towards both the film and Ms Berkley.
Now I might mention that only those deprived of vision--such as Mr Kleinhaus
-- personally attack 21-year old women in their first film role. OTH I, being of the elitist preening genre, choose to defend the minoritarian and the un-accepted as evocative of a marginalist event.
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