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Black Book (2006)

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“Zwartboek”

Drama, Thriller, War |

Black Book is a war drama thriller film co-written and directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman, and Halina Reijn. The film, credited as based on several true events and characters, is about a young Jewish woman in the Netherlands who becomes a spy for the resistance during World War II after tragedy befalls her in an encounter with the Nazis. The film had its world premiere on 1 September 2006 at the Venice Film Festival and its public release on 14 September 2006 in the Netherlands. It is the first film that Verhoeven made in the Netherlands since The Fourth Man, made in 1983 before he moved to the United States.

The press in the Netherlands was positive; with three Golden Calves, Black Book won the most awards at the Netherlands Film Festival in 2006. The international press responded positively, as well, especially to the performance of Van Houten. It was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language, and was the Dutch submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2007, but was not nominated.

In 1944, Dutch-Jewish singer Rachel Stein is hiding from the Nazi regime in the occupied Netherlands. When the farmhouse where she has been hiding is destroyed by an Allied bomber, she goes to see a lawyer named Smaal, who has been helping her family. He arranges for her to escape to the liberated southern part of the country. Aided by a man named Van Gein, Rachel is reunited with her family and boards a boat that is to take them and other refugees to the south. However, they are ambushed on the river by members of the German SS, who kill them and rob the bodies of valuables. Rachel alone survives, but does not manage to escape from occupied territory.

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Writers: Gerard Soeteman, Paul Verhoeven

Stars: Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman, Halina Reijn, Waldemar Kobus, Derek de Lint, Christian Berkel

Cast:

Carice van HoutenRachel Stein / Ellis de Vries
Sebastian KochLudwig Müntze
Thom HoffmanHans Akkermans
Halina ReijnRonnie
Waldemar KobusGünther Franken
Derek de LintGerben Kuipers
Christian BerkelGen. Käutner
Dolf de VriesWim Smaal – Notary
Peter BlokVan Gein
Michiel HuismanRob
Ronald ArmbrustTim Kuipers
Frank LammersKees
Matthias SchoenaertsJoop
Johnny de MolTheo
Xander StraatMaarten
Diana DobbelmanMrs. Smaal
Rixt LeddyAnny
Lidewij MahlerLinda
Pieter TiddensHerman
Gijs NaberCas
Dirk ZeelenbergSiem
Michiel de JongDavid
Jobst SchnibbeDriver Müntze
Boris SaranJoseph
Jack VechtMr. Stein
Jacqueline BlomMrs. Stein
Seth KamphuijsBrother Max
Herman BoermanSkipper Willi
Skip GoereeRonnie’s Husband
Bert LuppesMr. Tjepkema
Marisa Van EyleMrs. Tjepkema
Heleen MineurStientje Tjepkema
Bas van der HorstJantje Tjepkema
Foeke KolffChildren Tjepkema
Merel van HoutsChildren Tjepkema
Charlotte Rinnooy KanChildren Tjepkema
Maaike KempeneersChildren Tjepkema
Janni GoslingaLady in Fur Coat
Wimie WilhelmFemale Prison Guard
Theo MaassenPrison Guard with Baret
Tjebbo GerritsmaPrison Guard with Accordion
Timothy DeenihanCanadian Colonel
Nolan HemmingsBritish Intelligence Captain
Garrick HagonBritish General
Ronald de BruinDutch SD in Train #1
Menno Van BeekumDutch SD in Train #2
Marcel MustersHenk
Hugo MetsersShock Trooper
Rian GerritsenDrunken Woman in Prison #1
Susan VisserDrunken Woman in Prison #2
Maiko KemperSiegfried
Carsten SasseGerman Sentry
Liza SenecaReceptionist (as Liza de Weerd)
Willem de WolfProperty Man
Oded MenasheHusband of Rachel Rosenthal-Steinn
Roni YedidDaughter of Rachel Rosenthal-Steinn
Tomer AgamiSon of Rachel Rosenthal-Steinn
Gabriela LewisTour Guide
Reinier BulderFarmer (uncredited)
Arno HazebroekMP (uncredited)
Emile JansenMiscellaneous (voice) (uncredited)
Paul JoosseDutch soldier (uncredited)
Patrick KerkhofGerman Chauffeur (uncredited)
Erwin KoremansSS Guard (uncredited)
Dirk MarksDeckhand (uncredited)
Bernard L. MontgomerySelf – On Radio (archive sound) (uncredited)
Rik SinkeldamSoldier (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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