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User-generated entertainment: “Steekspel” [2012 Netherlands]

Having had his break after Zwartboek, Paul Verhoeven eases back into film-making mode with “Steekspel” [Eng. Title: Tricked], by using it as a ‘creative-battery-recharging’ project. It’s a moderate success because, despite its meagre fifty minutes, the pint-sized featurette manages … Continue reading

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Monique van de Ven & Hannah de Leeuwe in “Keetje Tippel” [1975, Netherlands]

Paul Verhoeven made “Keetje Tippel” [Eng. Title: A Girl called Katy Tippel] following his sensational “Turks Fruit“, and those who were expecting something on similar lines would have surely been disappointed.
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Renée Soutendijk in Paul Verhoeven’s “De Vierde Man” [1983 Netherlands]

Continuing the early filmography of Paul Verhoeven, “De Vierde Man” [Eng. Title: The Fourth Man] successfully crosses over into ‘Noire’ territory by drawing inspiration from various peers of his era, notably Hitchcock and Chabrol. He also experiments with various … Continue reading

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Monique van de Ven in “Turks Fruit” [1973 Netherlands]

Paul Verhoeven’s 1973 wild romance “Turks Fruit” [Eng. Title: Turkish Delight] is considered by many in his country as the best Dutch film ever. And since I’m not Dutch, who am I to argue. I do however agree that … Continue reading

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