The Dutch director Paul Verhoeven, known for Hollywood blockbusters such as Robocop and Total Recall, returned to the Netherlands to direct this thriller of espionage and resistance. Rachel Stein (Carice van Houten) is a Dutch-Jewish singer, once famed for her performances in Berlin, and now living in hiding in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands. After a failed attempt to escape the country, Stein makes contact with the Dutch underground resistance and works as a spy to infiltrate the Nazi command. Black Book features swashbuckling action alongside morally fraught images of resistance and survival. 145 min.
Part of the Emory Cinematheque series “Resisting Fascism.” Each film in the series will be introduced by Paul Buchholz, assistant professor of German Studies, with contributions from other faculty in Emory’s Department of German Studies.