Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven has a distinct formula: sex and/or violence = profit. His explicit content has worked for the director, giving him large, indulgent hits with the likes of RoboCop, Basic Instinct and Starship Troopers. Hell, even Showgirls, which was an almost unanimous flop, became a cult hit as the years progressed. (I guess there's just something about Saved by the Bell alum being dirty and naked.) Probably the last film you'd think to attribute to the director would be a period piece, but he is the man behind Black Book -- a film that seems to mix his sex and violence interests with serious drama and historical flavor.
Sony has just provided Cinematical with links to the trailer for the film, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September. The plusses: the trailer knows how to lay on the excitement, the cinematography looks lush and it's co-starring Carice van Houten and Sebastian Koch, who gave a strong, multi-layered performance in The Lives of Others. On the down side, it got mixed reviews from the Dutch press, who seem to love van Houten's performance, but laugh at the large number of coincidences that pile up. As much as it's new ground for Verhoeven, his fans shouldn't be disappointed. It seems that beyond the expected sexual forays, the leading lady also bleaches her pubic hair in one scene. Ah, Verhoeven.
You might find it tacky or insightful, gripping or goofy, but either way it looks entertaining in a way that no one but this man could create.
Check out the trailer (in various formats) after the jump.