In 1980 film writer Ruud den Drijver goes head to head with two notorious Dutch film directors, Paul Verhoeven and Wim Verstappen, passionate film makers, competitors and colleagues in a ... See full summary »
In 1980 film writer Ruud den Drijver goes head to head with two notorious Dutch film directors, Paul Verhoeven and Wim Verstappen, passionate film makers, competitors and colleagues in a free for all heated discussion ranging (among other subjects) from oral sex to the art of motion pictures. 25 years later the confrontation is continued during the Cannes Film Festival. In the meantime Wim Verstappen has died a year earlier and Paul Verhoeven has returned from a brilliant career in the States. Paul is still very outspoken. He talks freely about the present-day neo-conservative policies of America, and about the situation in Hollywood and his work. THAT'S IT !!! (English title) (1980-2005) is a retrospective view on the careers of two driven film directors and is a hilarious time document larded with passionate statements. Written by
I saw this and reveled at the chance of seeing the contrast of Paul in at 1980 pre-American movies, and 2005 probably post-American movies. Unfortunately what you get is two films neither of which is very good.
The first is an unfinished documentary comparison of two of the more famous Dutch filmmakers as of 1980 which is a one night dialog/interview and some follow up discussion in the lobby of a theater screening Wim's latest movie. This part is probably of more interest to Dutch film students, but sadly there are some oddly indulgent shots by the film makers which include irrelevant parts of how they can't shoot in the lobby and the screening portion doesn't really add much to the earlier footage. Some of the commentary is interesting, but its mostly about the sad state of Dutch production facilities and other minutia of the day.
Next is 2005 at Cannes when Wim is dead and filmmaker Ruud makes a diva entrance further dragging out what little content there is. The 2005 footage is Paul reflecting on politics and some of his successes, but there are few nuggets. Again there is annoying editing where shots and discussions fade in and out focusing on buildings and scenery.
Ultimately what you have essentially about half hour of interesting information padded to about an hour 70 minutes.
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