Arts Nomi Versus the Nazis?
posted by January 29 at 11:35 AMon
Legendary Showgirls auteur Paul Verhoeven is making his way back into U.S. cinemas with Black Book, a World War II period piece charting the saga of a beautiful Jewess—who’s also a singer—on the run from the Gestapo.
Initial contact with the film’s website suggests the movie marks Verhoeven’s return to artsy European filmmaking, after a decade devoted to ludicrous American filmmaking: The film took top honors at the Netherlands Film Festival, and was the official Dutch entry for this year’s Academy Awards.
Still, Black Book failed to net a nomination for Best Foreign Language film, and today the New York Post’s Page Six offers some usettling specifics of the plot:
Is the director of notoriously trashy “Showgirls” about to top himself? While it doesn’t open here until March, Paul Verhoeven’s war drama “Black Book” is already gaining notoriety in Europe. Its over-the-top scenes include star Carice van Houten dying her pubic hair blond and getting human waste dumped over her head while half-nude. Cosmo Landesman of London’s Sunday Times writes: “Call me old-fashioned, but when it comes to Second World War yarns about the brave men and women who resisted the Nazi occupation of their country, I don’t want to see sexy shots of pubic hair.”
Speak for yourself, Cosmo Landesman.
Black Book opens in the U.S. in March.