Known for always pushing the envelope when it comes to showing sex and violence on screen, Paul Verhoeven has directed controversial films in several genres, including the erotic thriller (Basic Instinct), melodrama (Showgirls) and science fiction (RoboCop, Total Recall, Starship Troopers, Hollow Man). However, even before going to Hollywood, Verhoeven had been a succès de scandale in his native Netherlands, where he directed a war saga (Soldier of Orange), a medieval epic (Flesh+Blood), a psychosexual thriller (The Fourth Man) and a sex comedy (Turkish Delight, which was voted Best Dutch Film of the Century at the Netherlands Film Festival). Verhoeven has shown that visceral thrills can be thought provoking, challenging our received notions of heroism, patriotism, and eroticism. He has created some of the most courageous and contentious films of recent years.

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The author:
Douglas Keesey is a professor of film and literature at Cal Poly. He is the author of TASCHEN's Erotic Cinema and Paul Verhoeven.
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"Ce qu`il y a de bien avec TASCHEN, c`est que cet éditeur « culte » propose toujours des livres d`une qualité fantastique pour un prix dérisoire (en dehors des collections de luxe, souvent hors de prix, mais qui sont à la limite des oeuvres d`art !). Leur dernier bijou en date est un somptueux ouvrage consacré au réalisateur Paul Verhoeven, de ses débuts provocateurs en Hollande à son premier succès (La Chair et le Sang), jusqu`à ses productions hollywoodiennes ! (…) Richement illustré et passionnant, voilà le genre d`ouvrage qu`on aimerait voir sur nos réalisateurs préférés, de films ou de jeux vidéo. "
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