Black Book

Black Book

Black Book

  After more than twenty years, Hollywood Paul Verhoeven has returned with a historical film about the Nazi era in his native Holland. His new thriller Black Book tells the wild love affair between a Jewish woman and a senior SS officer.

September 1944: As the hiding of Jewish singer Rachel Stein (Carice van Houten) is destroyed by a bomb, it is able to flee to the liberated south of the Netherlands. There she joins the Dutch resistance and assumes a new identity under the name Ellis de Vries. As a spy, with dyed blond hair, she hires as a clerk with the Nazis. The German officer of the Security Müntze (Sebastian Koch) falls in love with the attractive, supposedly literary lady whose true origins, he soon discovers. In 99 out of 100 cases that would be considered fatal – but Müntze turns out to be “good Nazi” and promises to help his lover in the liberation of Holland prisoners. When the project fails, and Ellis de Vries into Keuzfeuer both the Nazis and the resistance fighters comes, it comes a foul traitor to the track …

Black Book is based on true events. The eponymous “Black Book” has actually exists. It belonged to a lawyer from The Hague, who negotiated during the war between the Germans and the Resistance. The man was shot after the war never solved the murder, his black book containing the names of traitors and collaborators, probably, was never found. The figure of Ellis de Vries is composed of three real people. The film is based on the book written by Chris Heyden’s 2001 ‘Grijs Verleden’ with which he so far in Holland valid formula “hero or villain” is repealed and showing that there were also among the evil / heroic Nazis – and vice versa . The man in the devil is marvelously played by Sebastian Koch in the figure of the Nazi officer Müntze, full of rough edges – like he was a histrionic skill is also available in Florian Henkel von Donnersmarck’s Stasi drama Das Leben der Anderen proved.

When the 1938-born Verhoeven after the erotic thriller The Fourth Man (1983) adopted by Hollywood, where he directed successful blockbusters like Total Recall – Die totale Erinnerung (1990), Basic Instinct (1992) and Hollow Man — The invisible danger (2000). Even Black Book is aimed at a broad mainstream audience, and in comparison to other Nazi films a very juicy, easily digestible, entertaining fare Moving, but not shocking. Look playfully brilliant, but not stunning. Visually strong, but not great. In the final round of this year’s Oscar nomination has failed Verhoeven, however, of Hollywood, anyway, he had already taken leave, and that’s good.

(Katrin Knauth)

Title: Black Book Original Title: Zwartboek Country of production: Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands Year of production: 2006 Length: ( #) 142 (min) of material: NFP / Warner

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