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1,601 Ratings

Black Book


Directed by Paul Verhoeven
Netherlands, Germany, 2006
Drama, Thriller, War


In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer (Carice van Houten) infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.

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Black Book Directed by Paul Verhoeven

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2006 | Winner: Best International Film (Young Cinema Award)

Village Voice Film Poll

2007 | 3rd place: Best Actress

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2007 | Nominee: Best Lead Performance

Critics reviews

The earlier massacre on the boat at the film’s start shows Verhoeven’s more serious side, where he takes his usual uncompromising approach to showing violence. While gore is commonplace in many contemporary action films, Verhoeven depicts violence as sudden, random and indiscriminate, casual but causal, making it all the more shocking.
June 22, 2017
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Part of what I admire about Black Book is how it offers a kind of bracing rebuke toSchindler’s List, providing a much darker vision that refuses to let its audience off the hook so easily, though ostensibly it’s more fictional. Verhoeven messes with our heads by exploring moral complexities that Spielberg would be happier to sweep under the rug.
April 20, 2007
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