Black Book (DVD)

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    Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven made his name in Hollywood with films such as ROBOCOP, BASIC INSTINCT, and STARSHIP TROOPERS. But Verhoeven got his start in the industry by making films (the acclaimed SPETTERS and SOLDIER OF ORANGE among them) in his native country, and it's to Holland that he returns for BLACK BOOK--his first Dutch film in 20 years. The story is set during the final days of World War II in Holland, and follows a Jewish singer named Rachel Stein (Carice Van Houten). Rachel attempts to avoid the Nazis and remains in quiet hiding until her family is brutally slain, causing her to join up with a resistance movement. On a subsequent undercover mission, Rachel crosses paths with a smitten German general named Ludwig Muntze (Sebastian Koch), with whom Rachel begins a relationship in order to feed vital information back to her colleagues in the resistance. But as the action and bloodshed escalate, Rachel realizes that she has genuine feelings for Muntze, and soon she is in enormous danger. Verhoeven's film is wildly ambitious and takes many intriguing twists and turns during its 145 minutes. BLACK BOOK commanded the largest budget of any film to be produced in Holland, and it shows. Explosions litter the screen, plenty of car chases ensue, and wince-inducing injuries and deaths propel the action. The director isn't afraid to criticize his fellow countrymen and inserts a fascinating subtext about the actions of the resistance fighters, asking some uncomfortable questions about the similarities between their behavior and that of the Nazis. Van Houten lights up the screen throughout and is surely destined for bigger things, and while the tumultuous experiences her character undergoes might push the boundaries of reality at times, Verhoeven has pointed out in interviews that Rachel is a composite character who encompasses the merged experiences of many real people from the era.

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    UPC 043396184954
    Studio Sony Pictures
    Format DVD
    Genre Foreign Video - Other/Suspense/Thriller
    Rating Restricted
    Dimensions 5.5" x 0.25" x 7.5" WxHxD
    Weight 0.18 lbs
    Stars Halina Reijn, Carice Van Houten, Michiel Huisman, Sebastian Koch, Christian Berkel, Derek De Lint, Thom Hoffman, Peter Blok
    Directors Paul Verhoeven
    Dimensions 8.0x6.0x1.0
    Country of Origin United States

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      It seemed to be a good movie if it was in english

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    • Intense, fantastic movie
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      We enjoyed this movie, it was very moving, and very intense as the subject matter is very serious. This movie is well worth seeing, it gives a good insight to what happened in the Netherlands during World War II. The characters are very interesting and deep, and the suspense of the story keeps you wondering until the end of the movie. Fantastic fllm by Paul Verhoeven.

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