FLESH+BLOOD
1985, Park Circus/MGM, 126 min, Dir: Paul Verhoeven

It’s 1501, and the world is full of mercenaries, peasants and pestilence. True to its title, Paul Verhoeven presents the darkest of ages, a brutally realistic story of the struggle for life, complete with rape, murder, starvation and the Black Death. Rutger Hauer, in one of his finest roles, portrays the leader of a band of mercenaries, who seeks revenge for a nobleman’s (the excellent Jack Thompson) betrayal by kidnapping and brutalizing his son's (Tom Burlinson) bride to be. Jennifer Jason Leigh shines as the strong willed Agnes. Based in part on unused material for the Dutch TV series "Floris," which Gerard Soeteman, Paul Verhoeven and Rutger Hauer collaborated on in 1969. Watch for the amazing performance by Susan Tyrell as an onlooker to one of the films most brutal and controversial scenes. The late Basil Poledouris contributes perhaps his best score. Although Verhoeven later denied any connection, some critics at the time of release pointed out allegorical similarities to Patty Hearst’s abduction by the SLA.


ELLE
2016, Sony Pictures Classics, 130 min, France/ Germany/ Belgium, Dir: Paul Verhoeven

Director Paul Verhoeven and star Isabelle Huppert both reach career peaks with this complex psychological thriller. Huppert stars as a successful video game executive who is raped in her home; rather than go to the police, she identifies her masked attacker and engages him in a twisted cat-and-mouse game. “A masterpiece of suave perversity, the movie leads its audience through a meticulously constructed maze of ambiguity, scrambling our assumptions and expectations at every turn.” - A. O. Scott, The New York Times.


ROBOCOP
1987, Park Circus/MGM, 102 min, USA, Dir: Paul Verhoeven

Peter Weller stars as a murdered Detroit police officer who is brought back to life as an unstoppable cyborg cop in director Paul Verhoeven’s action-packed satire. Costarring Nancy Allen, Ronny Cox and Miguel Ferrer.


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