After Hollow Man in 2000, director Paul Verhoeven turned his back on Hollywood and returned to Europe to make Black Book. This WWII thriller is a wonderfully executed piece, which sees future Game Of Thrones star Carice van Houten playing a former singer who goes undercover to help the Dutch Resistance. Van Houten is excellent as the conflicted heroine and Verhoeven manages to bring a few Hollywood-style tricks to make this Euro-thriller feel rather epic (despite a rather modest budget).
If there’s a flaw, it’s the film’s bookends, which aren’t truly necessary and add a sugary coating to the film – which makes it feel very un-Verhoeven.
Black Book comes from 101 Films new Black Label and it features excellent new interviews with Paul Verhoeven and Cinematographer Karl Walter Lindenlau. You also get a pair of interviews with Verhoeven and Carice van Houten from 2006.