Black Book [Blu-ray] (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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In the darkest days of World War II, Jewish fugitives attempt to escape occupied Holland -- only to face a Nazi ambush. Rachel Stein (Carice van Houten) alone survives the attack and joins the Dutch Resistance to avenge her family. She soon confronts the ultimate test: she must infiltrate German headquarters by tempting Captain Ludwig Mÿntze (Sebastian Hoch). In the heat of passion, he uncovers her duplicity...but keeps her secret. Then Rachel's espionage reveals that a murderous traitor lurks within Resistance ranks. Unable to fully trust anyone, Rachel navigates a minefield of deception and becomes an enemy to both sides. Epic, passionate, breathtaking, Black Book relates an untold story of World War II where the distinctions between good and evil become blurred by the complexities of human nature.
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The content, i.e. the story and acting were superb and overall I'm very happy that Amazon offered this, so I took away 1 star for the misleading claim. It's still worth watching again, even after knowing the plot.
This is one of the most intelligent and clever scripts ever filmed. Literally there are numerous times when the surprises in the film you truly never see coming. That's what makes this flick a total thrill ride as well as an amazing work in capturing the "look" of the latter days of WWII in German-occupied, and later liberated, Holland.
In the end this film does not work at all without Carice Van Houten who as the fulcrum around which all the mystery and thrills revolves pulls off this role of a lifetime.
Of course, no Verhoeven flick can be shot without the requisite babes showing their assets so fans of that aspect of the randy old Dutchman will also not be disappointed but unlike Showgirls, the choices seem to actually work within the context of the script.
The extras are just a director's commentary track and a making of where we get to know some good bits about the Dutch and German actors esp. the real-life friendship between the two main female actors and also this tidbit--the entire film cost just 16 million euros.
Why can't Hollywood make movies as good as this one?
Carice Van Houten gives a compelling performance in one of the best ever female lead roles, reminding me of Scarlett O Hara in Gone With the Wind. What this character goes though in this movie kept me gripped to my seat throughout. The stakes are so high, and the crap she has to put up with, smirk!
My hope is that we will see her starring in many more movies, and my regards to her boyfriend, Luke E Bastaard.
Seriously, though this movie has action, drama, heartstopping moments, heartbreaking moments, and even tender moments.
Directed by Verhoeven, of Basic Instinct, Total Recall, and Starship Trooper fame, Black Book is set in Holland near the end of the Second World War.
A former singer now a Jew in hiding, our heroine has to flee when her house is bombed, treachery and deceit lurks at every turn, and she ends up playing a Mata Hari type character, who has to insinuate herself into the affections of the local Gestapo chief, not difficult considering how attractive she is. Her discovery could mean instant death, and he seems to suspect her from the very beginning.
Ultimately, Verhoeven has created one of the greatest strong female characters in the history of cinema, gifted with tremendous survival skills. If you like the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movies, I think you will love this movie. I hope this was helpful.
You cannot takes your eyes off the screen with this one. It's rare to watch a film that pulls everything together so perfectly - acting, writing and design racing along with a plot that never takes a breath. One of the best films I've ever seen.
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This series was very entertaining. It is well written and acted. We enjoyed the many subplots. The historical perspective of World War 2 in Holland and the interaction of the many... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ronald M. Moroz
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