Paul Verhoeven

Paul Verhoeven – Voorbij, voorbij AKA All Things Pass (1981)

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During World War II in the Netherlands, resistance leader Arie is shot by Dutch SS man Niels. Arie’s comrades swear they’ll avenge his death.
35 years later one of them, Ab, is confronted with Niels again. He decides to round up his old friends to kill him.
However, they don’t want to do it or they’re not capable of doing it anymore. Only former communist Wout hasn’t forgotten his pledge and takes part in the execution. Read More »

Paul Verhoeven – Turks fruit aka Turkish Delight (1973)

Named the Best Dutch Film of the Century by the Netherlands Film Festival, Verhoeven’s hugely successful, Academy Award–nominated sophomore feature opens with a giallo-style jolt, develops into a kinky, blackly comic sexploitation romp, and finally blossoms into an alternately sweet and perverse romance. In the first of his many collaborations with Verhoeven, Rutger Hauer stars as a temperamental sculptor who hitches a ride with a free-spirited young woman (Monique van de Ven). In short order they hook up on the side of the road, get married, and settle into a life of round-the-clock lovemaking in his art-strewn studio—but, alas, nothing lasts forever. Read More »

Paul Verhoeven – Soldaat van Oranje AKA Soldier of Orange (1977)

Plot:
1938. A small group of Dutch students stop their tennis game momentarily to hear of England’s entry into World War II. Erik and his friends don’t show much concern at first. But when Queen Wilhelmina flees Holland for London and the Germans move in, it becomes necessary to choose sides.

Soldier of Orange, directed by Paul Verhoeven (Turkish Delights) is based on the true life adventures of Erik Hazelhoff who received numerous decorations including Holland’s highest honor — the Militaire Willems-orde. It is interesting to see how Erik’s friends take different courses: a Jew inevitably dies once the German’s arrive; another associate joins the Nazi army; a third becomes active in the Dutch resistance movement; and a fourth betrays everyone in order to save his Jewish girlfriend. Read More »

Paul Verhoeven – Das kalte Herz AKA The Cold Heart (1950)

Peter Munk, a poor charcoal burner, lives with his mother in The Black Forest. Poverty prevents him from marrying Lisbeth, the girl he loves. When he comes across the Little Glass Man, the good spirit of the forest, the young man asks him for assistance. His wish is granted and he becomes rich. But the fool soon loses all his money after gambling at the inn. In desperation, he asks Dutch Michael, the evil spirit of the forest, to help him to become rich again. The mean giant agrees and gives Peter all the riches in the world, but on one condition: the young man will exchange his heart for a cold stone. He can now marry Lisbeth but can a heart of ice make you and the others happy…? Read More »

Paul Verhoeven – Showgirls (1995) (HD)

Nomi, a young drifter, arrives in Vegas to become a dancer. She gets a job stripping at one of the lesser joints on the strip, but soon catches the eye of talent scouts who hire the performers for a casino. She works her way into the cast, and eventually sets her sights on taking the starring role. Read More »

Paul Verhoeven – Een Hagedis teveel AKA A Lizzard Too Much (1960)

Plot summary:
A woman, married with an artist, starts a relationship with one of her students, who has already got a mistress of his own. The two rivals meet. Read More »

Paul Verhoeven – Feest! AKA Let’s Have a Party (1963)

Quote:
A shy student falls in love with a girl from another class. After he works up the courage to ask her to the school dance, something unexpected happens.
The film, shot by Verhoeven at the same school he attended in The Hague, is loosely based on the description of the unrequited love of Anton Wachter in Simon Vestdijk’s novel Back to Ina Damman, one of the parts in the Anton Wachter cycle.

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