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Watch Paul Verhoeven Discuss His Career in Extended Talks

Written by on October 10, 2016 


After years and years of no word from Paul Verhoeven (excepting the Jesus book he might one day make into a film), the Dutch auteur has suddenly entered conversations once more. It doesn’t hurt that his new movie, Elle, is really pretty good — the sort of work that will last for years to come as both an object of pleasure and debate — but it has some, yours truly included, looking at previous titles and finding pleasures in them. It’s true: Showgirls doesn’t suck. (I should just quickly throw out that Tricked, released earlier this year and now on VOD, is deliriously fun, regardless of its “proper status” as a movie.)

BFI celebrated in style, i.e. with an extended, career-spanning run through the Verhoeven catalogue told by the man himself. And he comes across as a fun, gregarious man, a historian-of-sorts whose experience is unlike just about any living filmmaker — from an international new wave to genre-defying blockbusters to a European family drama that doubles as a rape-revenge tale.

Watch the full thing below:

Update: See another extended talk from NYFF below:

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