During World War II in the Netherlands, resistance-leader Arie is shot by the Dutch SS-man Niels. Arie's comrades pledge to avenge his death. 35 years later one of them, Ab, is confronted ... See full summary »
The morbid Catholic writer Gerard Reve who is bisexual, alcoholic and has frequent visions of death is invited to give a lecture in the literature club of Vlissingen. While in the railway station in Amsterdam, he feels attracted to a handsome man who embarks on another train. Gerard is introduced to the treasurer of the club and beautician Christine Halsslag, a wealthy widow who owns the Spider beauty shop, and they engage in a one night stand. On the next morning, Gerard sees the picture of Christine's boyfriend Herman and recognizes him as the man he saw in the train station. He urges her to bring Herman to her house to spend a couple of days together, but with the secret intention of seducing the man. Christine travels to Köln to bring her boyfriend and Gerard stays alone in her house. He drinks whiskey and snoops through her safe, finding three film reels with names of men; he decides to watch the footage and discovers that Christine had married each; all of whom died in tragic ... Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil revised by S. Alan Fann, N. Decatur, GA USA
While Paul Verhoeven's previous work received a lot of criticism from movie critics, it was generally financially successful. This movie was a marked exception: while praised by critics and public alike, commercially, it became his least successful movie. See more »
At the beginning of the movie, as Gerard is getting out of bed, the boom mic is visible in a mirror behind him. See more »
I always have been a great fan of Paul Verhoeven & i believe that "Basic Instinct" is the BEST erotic-thriller ever made( no matter what the others say, it's undoubtedly a masterpiece of the genre & time will enhance the judgments, i'm sure).
And....this "the Fourth Man" is the best flick of Paul's "dutch" era.
As it always has been said , it's a wonderful combination of Bergman(for its philosophical theme) & Hitchcock (for the kind of suspense it creates) , too.
it has a compelling screenplay with a touch of surrealism. "the third man" (sorry, it's my other favorite,...Carol Reed always stays in my mind!).."the 4th man" also opened the gates of Hollywood for the dutch director.
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