Paul Verhoeven's Black Book

25 novembre 2006
02m 16s
Ref. 00359


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On the occasion of the release in theatres of Black Book, the story of a Dutch woman who was swept away by the horror of World War II and became part of the resistance, a conversation with film-maker Paul Verhoeven and the film's main actress, Carine Van Houten.

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Broadcast date :
25 novembre 2006
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A2 (Collection: 20 heures )
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Paul Verhoeven, born in 1938 in the Netherlands, started his career in his home country, where he filmed seven feature films between 1971 and 1983. In a realist vein, he played the subversion card, multiplying the erotic scenes, the violent and scatological. As evidenced by Turkish Delight, in 1973, in which his favourite actor Rutger Hauer played.

The director then gave in to the call of Hollywood studios for which he created another seven films from Flesh & Blood (1985) to Hollow Man (2000), a spectacular work which allows for, as much with the critics as with the public, multiple misunderstandings. If Arnold Schwarzenegger's muscles (Total Recall, 1989) and Sharon Stone's uncrossed legs (Basic Instinct, 1992) found success, Verhoeven's corrosive irony doomed other films to commercial failure (Showgirls, 1995, Starship Troopers, 1997).

Black Book, the great film of his European return, was released in autumn 2006 and once again refused to be "politically correct", telling of a Jewish judge who fell in love with a "Gentile" Nazi and a liberation more violent than the occupation that preceded it.

Thierry Méranger


Béatrice Schönberg
Cinema with the release of "Black Book", A film made by Dutch film-maker Paul Verhoeven, a return to the roots of his country. He talks about Holland's Occupation during World War II, a project that he's been preparing for 20 years. Marie-Jo Jouan, Olivia Robert.
Marie-Jo Jouan
This man is known for transforming actresses into stars. He's the one who cast Sharon Stone in "Basic Instinct". Holland's Paul Verhoeven chose his compatriot, Carice Van Houten, to relate the destiny of a young Jewish singer.
Carice Van Houten
My mission is to seduce a Gestapo officer to serve my queen and my country.
Marie-Jo Jouan
During World War II, she joined the Resistance to infiltrate, at the risk of her life, the German information teams.
Sebastian Koch
Paul Verhoeven
It's made up of 3 women, and 3 combined stories. That's why I don't want to say that it's a true story. These are real things that happened to these 3 women, and I combined them into just one character.
"You are a spy? Dear God! I'll be! I never ever could have imagined that. You? You'd think you were Mata-Hari..."
Marie-Jo Jouan
For this very realistic approach of Holland's Resistance, Paul Verhoeven consulted hundreds of documents, most notably those concerning the Black Book, which is at the heart of the plot, a black notebook kept by a La Haye lawyer. The names of Dutch traitors and collaborators were recorded in it.
Carice Van Houten
I read Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl when I was little, thousands of times. That's why it's all in my head or in my heart. In addition, it's history. I was raised with this past. My father lived with memories of this war and the German Occupation.
Marie-Jo Jouan
This heroine surviving in a hostile, violent and anti-Semitic world profoundly affected Carice Van Houten, who already was worried about the state of the world
Carice Van Houten
[English] As an actress, the only thing that I can do is make sure that, thanks to this film, people remember, are moved and learn some lessons. "This will never stop!"
Marie-Jo Jouan
The hero of the film was supposed to be a man. Verhoeven changed it to a woman, a tribute to the courage of those that resisted.