In The Hague, during the Occupation, Rachel Stein survives a massacre and joins the Resistance. She takes the pseudonym of Elli de Vries and gradually gets closer to a high Nazi commander, the terrible Ludwig Müntze. CultureSecrets invites you to the Cinémathèque française to watch the film Black Book, directed by Paul Verhoeven.
After Hollow Man, which marked the end of his American career, Paul Verhoeven felt the need to stop making science fiction and return to historical or contemporary subjects. Black Book marks the return to his native country, close to his childhood memories, in The Hague, during the German occupation.
Fascinated by the Second World War, Verhoeven has already devoted three films to this period. It was during the writing of Soldaat van Oranje, in 1977, that he came up with the idea for Black Book. At the heart of the plot is a small black book, which really existed, in which the names of Dutch collaborators and traitors are recorded. After twenty years of research on the Resistance and the Liberation in the Netherlands, Verhoeven wrote, together with Gerard Soeteman, the script of a film in which he wanted to show, according to him, "the ambiguities and the half-tone, while avoiding any Manicheism. "Let yourself be drawn in alongside a heroine who stops at nothing, in a historical thriller with many twists and turns !
The critics, unanimous at the time of the film's release, agree that this is a major film in
Thursday, July 22nd, at 9.30pm.
The Cinémathèque Française
51 Rue de Bercy, 75012 Paris
M° Bercy Lines 14 and 6
Henri Langlois room
Duration 21h30 → 23h55 (145 min)