Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Verhoeven Knighted

One of the greatest motion picture directors ever; Paul Verhoeven was knighted recently in his native Netherlands. Verhoeven, one of the most visible Dutch filmmakers in the movie business, received the honor in a recent medal ceremony under the Order of the Dutch Lion; such titles are usually given by the Royal Family for achievements in sports and the arts.

Verhoeven's knighthood comes as his most recent film, Black Book, completes its worldwide theatrical run in July.

Most people know Verhoeven for his earlier Hollywood works, most of which carried his directorial signature for over the top sex, action, and graphic content such as: Flesh + Blood, Total Recall, Basic Instinct, Starship Troopers, Hollow Man and the greatest movie of all time: Robocop.

He once said: "People love seeing violence and horrible things. The human being is bad and he can't stand more than five minutes of happiness. Put him in a dark theater and ask him to look at two hours of happiness and he'd walk out or fall asleep".

Verhoeven would never turn down an award. He famously was the first person in history to actually show up at the Razzie Awards. Where he personally accepted his Worst Director "award" for Showgirls.

Source: Rotten Tomatoes

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