Our colleagues at Twitch reported today that filmmaker Paul Verhoeven, who has directed a variety of movies from Robocop to Showgirls, was awarded a knighthood this week in his native country of The Netherlands. The honor is known as Knight in de Order of the Nederlandse Leeuw, which translates as Order of the Dutch Lion. I don't know much about Dutch tradition or history, but this particular knighthood seems to be awarded to notable entertainers and sports figures. Verhoeven's knighthood was one of over 3,500 honors given at the annual "Rain of Medals" in The Hague, and Expaticanotes that most of the honorees were non-celebrities being recognized for volunteer work.

Despite the Showgirls crack, and the inevitable snark about his having directed Starship Troopers as well, Verhoeven has certainly made enough notable films to deserve becoming Sir Paul (or whatever the Dutch equivalent might be). His Dutch films Soldier of Orange, Spetters and The Fourth Man are all critically praised, and there are a lot of people out there who love Robocop and Total Recall. Verhoeven's latest film, Black Book, was released in U.S. theaters this month -- I had seen it in December at Butt-Numb-a-Thon, and despite its being shown in the middle of the night, was completely riveted to the screen. In his review for Cinematical, Ryan Stewart calls it "the best film of 2007 so far," and considers it one of Verhoeven's top films. Stewart also interviewed Verhoeven during a junket for Black Book in February.
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