Paul Verhoeven

How Paul Verhoeven defies genre trappings with Benedetta

By Charles Bramesco

‘Nunspoiltation’ doesn’t quite cut it when it comes to the work of this fiendishly talented auteur.

Paul Verhoeven: ‘I identify far more with the “female” part of my brain’

By Justine Smith

The Dutch provocateur chats lesbian nuns, alternate realities and his undying love for Quentin Tarantino.

Benedetta

By Hannah Strong

Dutch master provocateur Paul Verhoeven serves up a blasphemous delight in his convent-set Italian romp.

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The 2021 BFI London Film Festival line-up has been announced

By Adam Woodward

This year’s LFF programme comprises 39 per cent female and 40 per cent ethnically diverse directors/creators.

Benedetta – first-look review

By Hannah Strong

Lip-smacking provocation and saucy humour abounds in Paul Verhoeven’s rip-roaring nunsploitation romp.

How Basic Instinct turned the erotic thriller on its head

By Anton Bitel

Paul Verhoeven’s subversive 1992 film is a Hitchcockian thriller with the kink brought to the surface.

Nuns get hot under the collar in the Benedetta trailer

By Charles Bramesco

Virginie Efira, Lambert Wilson and Charlotte Rampling lead Paul Verhoeven’s Cannes-bound drama.

15 films we’d like to see at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival

By Charles Bramesco

With Wes Anderson, Leos Carax and Paul Verhoeven locked in, we’re ready to keep the rumour mill turning.

Revisiting Paul Verhoeven’s sexually explicit answer to Grease

By Anton Bitel

The 1980 coming-of-ager Spetters is one of the Dutch master’s most uncompromising and controversial works.

Revisiting Paul Verhoeven’s Hollow Man and its straight-to-video sequel

By Anton Bitel

Both film are now available as part of a special collector’s edition box set.

You Don’t Nomi – first look review

By Ed Gibbs

Paul Verhoeven’s infamously trashy Showgirls is reappraised by commentators and fans ahead of its 25th anniversary.

60 films to look forward to in 2019 – part 1

By Rory Marsh

The ninth film by Quentin Tarantino and a Leos Carax musical are among our hot tips for the year ahead.

The complex, seductive satire of Starship Troopers

By Ned Carter Miles

Two decades on, Paul Verhoeven’s ambiguous militaristic sci-fi is in need of a reappraisal.

What RoboCop got right (and wrong) about the future

By James Luxford

Three decades on from its release, just how accurate was Paul Verhoeven’s classic dystopian sci-fi?

Paul Verhoeven is making a film about a lesbian nun

By Little White Lies

Elle star Virginie Efira is playing a 17th-century Sister for the provocative Dutch director.

The 100 best films of the 1990s: 25-1

By Little White Lies

Wes Anderson, Kathryn Bigelow and Wong Kar-wai feature in the final part of our ’90s ranking.

Six of Paul Verhoeven’s most controversial moments

By Nick Chen

From Showgirls to Starship Troopers, delve into the Dutch filmmaker’s provocative back catalogue.

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