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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Showgirls is a movie directed by Paul Verhoeven and released in 1995 in North America by United Artists. It starred former teen actress Elizabeth Berkley as a drifter who wanders into Las Vegas and climbs the social ladder from stripper to showgirl. The movie was hoped to be a huge success for the film studio, its directors, and stars. Significant controversy and hype about the movie's seemingly gratuitous amounts of sex and nudity preceded the movie's release. In the U.S., the finally released movie was rated NC-17 for "nudity and erotic sexuality throughout, some graphic language and sexual violence." The film was hyped for being the first NC-17 rated film to be given a wide release in mainstream theaters.

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