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Director Paul Verhoeven.
This is the first of two conversations I've had with director Paul Verhoeven, the second being for his Ww II drama "Black Book." When I met Verhoeven in the Sony Pictures commissary for lunch in October of 1997, I had been a fan of his work since seeing the classic "Soldier of Orange" in 1979. The manic energy that Verhoeven is renowned for was evident throughout our chat, and was infectious. By the time our all-too-brief lunch was over, I found myself waving my hands while I spoke in rapid clips, and using more bounce than usual in my stride, to the point where a few friends suggested I switch to decaf.
The other memory that remains vivid is the passion and high hopes that Verhoeven had for "Starship Troopers." Like the director himself, I thought this would be a groundbreaking movie event and that the world would embrace »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
There are many eye-popping moments in Black Book (2006), aka Zwartboek, though probably the most PG friendly is when Carice van Houten transforms into a Resistance beauty of Jean Harlow-esque proportions wearing an unmissable red halterneck dress.
Black Book is a World War II set action thriller directed Paul Verhoeven. Based on true events it charts the story of Ellis de Vries (formally Rachel Stein) played by Carice van Houten, a Jewish singer who joins the Dutch Resistance and then infiltrates the German Gestapo. Ultimately, however, the tide turns as she finds herself branded a traitor by her comrades and forced to go into hiding. It is unquestionably Verhoeven’s best film in years; quite simply a rollicking good yarn.
The noteworthy period costume design is by Yan Tax. Van Houten’s outfits vary considerably at different junctures in the story. At the start of her journey Ellis wears mainly »
- Chris Laverty
Paul Verhoeven will direct the historical drama "Hidden Force." According to Variety, this will be Verhoeven.s first film since 2006's "Black Book."San Fu Maltha is producing with Gerard Soeteman and Verhoeven writing the screenplay based on the novel by Louis Couperus. The novel was also adapted into a 1974 Dutch TV series of the same name. The story takes place in 1900 on the island of Java in the Dutch East Indies.The film will be released in winter of 2011.Verhoeven's American film credits include "Basic Instinct," "Total Recall," "Robocop" and "Starship Troopers." Soeteman worked with Verhoeven on the Dutch films "Black Book," "Soldier of Orange," "The Fourth Man" and "Turkish Delight." »
- Adnan Tezer
Paul Verhoeven, director of cult classics Robocop, Total Recall and Starship Troopers, is sitting in the director’s chair for the first time since Black Book in 2006 to adapt the novel The Hidden Force by Louis Couperus, reports Variety.
Working with longtime collaborators – screenwriter Gerard Soeteman (Black Book, The Fourth Man) and Black Book producer San Fu Maltha, Verhoeven will make a movie on a subject that he’s “always wanted to.”
The film is a historical drama, set in 1900, that takes place in the Dutch West Indies and concerns “a colonial official who is undone by his wilful application of reason to a culture that is steeped in the mystical and irrational.” Details are few and far between right now, but the film will likely be spoken in Dutch, as was Black Book.
It sounds like an intriguing premise, and Verhoeven has a habit of surprising his audiences (the »
- Mark Allen
This weekend, Paul Verhoeven was guest-of-honor at Vpro broadcasting organization in The Netherlands. Basically this meant that a whole evening was dedicated to him, shown as one interview lasting several hours. Just Mr. Verhoeven, one interviewer and no audience except the camera, interspersed with clips of Paul's own choosing (not necessarily of his own work) to laud and debate.
Verhoeven always has been a good talker and he discussed several interesting subjects including filmmaking, the Second World War and religion (and his own book about Jesus Christ).
And in this program he also mentioned what his next film is going to be: an adaptation of the Louis Couperus classic novel "De Stille Kracht" (The Hidden Force). An interesting choice to be sure, as much of the novel's power comes from the narrative's subtleties, and Verhoeven is primarily known for his blunt-axe-approach to storytelling.
The Couperus novel was released in 1900 and, »
A comment from 3rtfull on that Ken Russell The Devils post got me to thinking about Paul Verhoeven. There's another controversial auteur with a somewhat dedicated critical following who seemed to wear out his welcome with the press in general. They're always willing to be manipulated by the provocateurs for a short while but then, they turn their heads away yawning. Beware Von Trier! This fate could well await you next. We'll be discussing Verhoeven's masterpiece Showgirls this evening for the premiere of the new series "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" -- prepare those posts! -- but let's start a little early with Hollow Man (2000), which hits its 10th anniversary today.
When it came out, I illustrated my dismissive review with this cheeky pic. (I had just started the website. I am always embarrassed about those old reviews.)
At the time I was still totally hurt that Elisabeth Shue »
- NATHANIEL R
DVD Playhouse—July 2010
Two From Powell/Pressburger Criterion releases gorgeous new transfers of two of the greatest films to come out of post-war Britain, from that period’s greatest filmmaking team: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Black Narcissus was originally released in 1947 and caused a sensation with its explosive story about a nun (Deborah Kerr), cloistered in a remote convent in the Himalayas, who must battle elements both external (the punishing weather) and internal (temptations of the flesh over duty to the spirit). Also features stellar turns by England’s greatest actresses at the time: Flora Robson, Kathleen Byron and a young Jean Simmons. One of the most dazzling films ever made, bolstered by Oscar-winning cinematography from Jack Cardiff. Bonuses: New transfer, supervised by Cardiff, editor Thelma Schoonmaker Powell; Introduction by filmmaker Bernard Tavernier; Commentary by Powell and Martin Scorsese; Featurettes; Documentaries and interviews; Trailer. The Red Shoes, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Paul Verhoeven is one of those directors that reared me as I was first starting to appreciate film. At the ripe old age of 7, I saw Robocop and it blew my mind. At the age of 10, I saw Total Recall in theaters and vowed to myself that I would see every Verhoeven film in theaters from that point forward. I did, by the way, some were good (Starship Troopers), some were horrible (The Hollow Man) and some were not appreciated until later on (Showgirls). But no matter what, I saw what Verhoeven was getting at every time he got behind the camera to make one of his grand American made films.
It wasn’t until I was a bit older and in college that I heard about his Dutch films when he lived in Holland and made smaller dramas, such as Turkish Delight and Spetters. I wanted to know more about this man, »
- James McCormick
Needless to say, this won’t be Jesus, the Messiah, and son of God billions of us exalt and pray to for salvation. Nuh-uh… not he of the Holy Trinity.
Paul Verhoeven wants to essentially discredit the God, and instead embrace the man (although it’s more like criticize the man), stating to New York Magazine in a recent interview, “Jesus was a human being, bound by history and the natural world; an extraordinary man, to be sure, but still a man.”
Verhoeven was plugging his book at the Hudson Union Society – a book titled, Jesus of Nazareth, described as “a scholarly treatise on the historical Christ… that… cuts the Prince of Peace and the more than a »
9 items from 2010
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