Initially protested during its very production by queer activists for being a negative representation of bisexual women, Basic Instinct went on to be a wildly popular film, notably praised as one of Sharon Stone’s greatest roles. An erotic thriller at its core, the film follows Detective Nick Curran (Michael Douglas) as he investigates a murder he believes was committed by Catherine Tramell (Stone), the novelist whose past work contains exactly how the crime occured. The sleazy script by Joe Esztherhas was misinterpreted in the 90s, but many have gone on to reappraise it as a dark and delicious work of satire.
Live performance by Kat Wilderness. Introduction by Flamign Classics co-creator Juan Barquin.
SEX. VIOLENCE. WHATEVER. is the new series from Flaming Classics and it explores a sliver of 90s American queer cinema. The series zeros in on the nexus of a unique moment in which the New Queer Cinema, as identified by B. Ruby Rich, is coalescing while simultaneously affecting Hollywood Cinema with a new level of prestige and exposure. Moving beyond camp and queer themes, these films are united by a more radicalized queerness in which characters reject heteronormative and patriarchal culture through sexuality, violence, and whatever means necessary. These films revolve around characters who have been restrained and repressed; they are filled with angst, rage, and revolution. The films, during their original release, were mired in debates over positive and negative forms of representation and we are excited to revisit these queer classics with new eyes and evaluate them outside of the binary of good and bad.
Directed by Paul Verhoeven.
USA. 127minutes. 2k Digital Projection.