Basic Instinct

1992, U.S./France, 127m, 4K DCP

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Screened July 11, 2022

A click-bait headline-generator before production (when Joe Eszterhas’ script sold for $3 million), during filming (when activists protested its storyline and content), upon release (when it became a blockbuster hit), and ever since (because of the staging of its most memorable shot). Detective-with-issues Michael Douglas goes down dangerous streets of San Francisco when his high-profile murder investigation accelerates into torrid intimacy with bisexual novelist Sharon Stone; the stars are sleekly dressed and/or undressed by ace costume designer Ellen Mirojnick.

A film by Paul Verhoeven