Director Retrospective: Paul Verhoeven (Film #1)
Been meaning to watch Paul Verhoeven’s stuff for a long time, so I’ve decided to do a retrospective on his work. Couldn’t find his first film, Business is Business, anywhere, so I started off with Turkish Delight, which got Paul his first (and only) Oscar nomination.
Right from the opening, this is something quite special. Verhoeven’s use of sex is able to show how Rutger Hauer’s character has a complete lack of intimacy. This is further shown when we go back two years to get into his relationship with Olga, the crux of the film.
We see the relationship start off with the lack of intimacy, but quickly grows into a “true” relationship. While the audience wonders why this hasn’t happened to the other women he’s interacted with in the film, we are shown why.
Great start to Verhoeven’s filmography, extremely hyped to watch the rest of it.