The young girl Keetje moves to Amsterdam in 1881 with her impoverished family, and is led into prostitution in order to survive. In the process she sees the corrupting influence of money.Written by
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Filming was done in The Hague, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Leiden, and Brussels to provide an appropriate nineteenth century setting. Even so, many times, a baker's car or basket weavers had to be placed to strategically hide twentieth century antennas, parking meters, and supermarkets from view. See more »
A few more explicit shots of the rape scene were cut to avoid an "X" rating in the U.S. They are restored on home video in an unrated version. See more »
The classic Verhoeven touch in a relatively early film.
From this movie, it is easy to see how the director made it out of Holland and landed in mainstream Hollywood. He takes a very serious subject, extreme poverty and how it leads to social uprising, and adds his personal light touches that almost make you forget the political subtext. The "finger shadow" scene before the rape was a touch of cinematic genius that I almost missed the first time around.
The ultimate lesson seems to me to be, of course, that we are all whores, it just depends on how much we can afford to spend on clothes.
One question, if she was so poor, how did she keep her roots died blonde?
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