Man" director PAUL VERHOEVEN is one of the most provocative, daring,
challenging and controversial storytellers creating film entertainment today.
Director of four of the most successful Dutch films ever made, he is now one of
the most noted, influential filmmakers in Hollywood.
seen work ranges from "Basic Instinct" to "Total Recall." As
diverse as his filmography may appear, each of his films reflects uncompromising
vision, fascination with life's moral dilemmas
and passion for the cinema. He has developed a reputation as a director whose
unrestrained work is honest and often brutal with frank depictions of sexuality
was born in Amsterdam during the dark years of World War II. He became
interested in movies during six years at the University Of Leiden, where he
earned a doctorate in mathematics and physics in 1964 and did early short films.
with the Royal Dutch Navy, he was assigned to the Marine Film Service as a
documentary filmmaker. The highlight of this period was Verhoeven's selection to
make a celebratory film marking the tercentenary of the Marine Corps. The grand
scale result was "The Marine Corps" (Het Korps Mariniers), a stunning
23 minute documentary honored with the Silver Sun for military films in France.
to civilian life, now dedicated to a life behind the cameras, Verhoeven entered
Dutch television. It was "Floris" that established Paul Verhoeven on a
popular national scale the 12-episode television adventure series about a
medieval Dutch Ivanhoe became a phenomenon.
director segued into feature films with "Business Is Business" (also
known as "Any Special Way") ("Wat Zien Ik"). The 1971 comedy
the fourth highest grossing Dutch-made film. This was followed by the 1973
release "Turkish Delight" ("Turks Fruit"), "Cathy
Tippel" (also known a "A Girl Called Keetje Tippel"), and
"Soldier Of Orange" ("Soldaat Van Oranje"), is universally
regarded as one of the finest Dutch films ever made.
making "Gone, Gone" ("Voorbij, Voorbij") for television,
Verhoeven again grabbed headlines and created
long lines at the box office with his film, "Spetters," in 1980.
"The Fourth Man" ("De Vierde Man") followed, as did
"Flesh + Blood," his first American financed film.
movie was an international mega-hit. "RoboCop," the science fiction
saga of a police officer turned into a destructive machine, was a slick, lively,
tongue-in-cheek film about resurrection that struck a chord with audiences
around the world. It was a box office champion for audiences and critics, the
summer hit of 1987. The director followed "RoboCop" with another
blockbuster, "Total Recall." Opening in 1990, it also became the hit
of the summer season. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone, the tale
of mind-tampering in the 21st century earned two Oscar nominations and received
the Academy Award for its dazzling special effects.
waiting to see what this relative newcomer to Hollywood could do next soon
witnessed "Basic Instinct," the number one worldwide box-office smash
of 1992. Starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone, the powerful, provocative
drama was arguably the most talked-about film of the year.
followed the filmma
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