Paul Verhoeven's Black Book
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.
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.