art is first appearances, then meaning
debasement, subordination, selling body and soul, destroying other people for a game you’re hardly a player in.
berkeley is verhoven’s sacrificial lamb. she is the casualty of verhoven’s concept, berkeley’s demise as an actress completes the arc. the final shot is the smoking gun.
berkeley, however, does not die in vain. she is a whirlwind from beginning to end, leaving a trail of decimation in her wake. her high octane, purgative performance is perfectly distilled camp. its like she’s trying…