Black Book

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Filmmaker Paul Verhoeven returned to the Netherlands after more than twenty years of success in Hollywood to direct this epic-scale war drama based on a true story. Rachel Steinn (Carice van Houten) is a beautiful Jewish woman living in German-occupied Holland during late 1944. Her family members - who have been falsely promised safe passage to Belgium (their names recorded in the 'black book' of the title) are instead robbed and slaughtered by the Germans on a premeditated basis; Rachel herself manages to escape...
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Filmmaker Paul Verhoeven returned to the Netherlands after more than twenty years of success in Hollywood to direct this epic-scale war drama based on a true story. Rachel Steinn (Carice van Houten) is a beautiful Jewish woman living in German-occupied Holland during late 1944. Her family members - who have been falsely promised safe passage to Belgium (their names recorded in the 'black book' of the title) are instead robbed and slaughtered by the Germans on a premeditated basis; Rachel herself manages to escape by diving into the water and swimming away. She narrowly avoids capture, then joins the local resistance movement. With her hair dyed blonde, Rachel can easily pass for Aryan, and when the leader of the Dutch resistance movement learns his son has been captured by Axis forces, Rachel is asked to use her feminine charms to persuade a German commander to arrange for the boy's release. Rachel soon finds herself caught up in a dangerous double life as she becomes a sexual plaything for the Nazis while attempting to bring down their evil empire as a spy. Zwartboek was written by Verhoeven and Gerard Soeteman, who collaborated on the 1977 international success Soldier of Orange. Zwartboek received its world premier at the 2006 Venice Film Festival.
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Special Features

Commentary with director Paul Verhoeven; The making of Black Book
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2007
  • UPC: 043396214880
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: ABC
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:26:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 9,106

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Carice van Houten Rachel Stein/Ellis De Vries
Sebastian Koch Ludwig Müntze
Thom Hoffman Hans Akkermans
Halina Reijn Ronnie
Waldemar Kobus Günther Franken
Derek de Lint Gerben Kuipers
Christian Berkel General Käutner
Dolf de Vries Notary Smaal
Peter Blok Van Gein
Michiel Huisman Rob Maalderink
Ronald Armbrust Tim Kuipers
Frank Lammers Kees
Matthias Schoenaerts Joop
Johnny de Mol Theo
Xander Straat Maarten
Diana Dobbleman Mrs. Smaal
Rixt Leddy Anny
Lidewij Mahler Linda
Pieter Tiddens Herman
Gijs Naber Cas
Dirk Zeelenberg Siem
Michiel de Jong David
Jobst Schnibbe Driver Müntze
Boris Saran Joseph
Jack Vecht Mr. Stein
Jacqueline Blom Mrs. Stein
Seth Kamphuijs Brother Max
Herman Boerman Skipper Willi
Skip Goeree Ronnie's Husband
Bert Luppes Mr. Tsjepkema
Marisa van Eyle Mr. Tsjepkema
Heleen Minuer Steinte Tsjepkema
Bas van der Horst Jante Tsjepkema
Foeke Kolff Tsjepkema Child
Merel van Houts Tsjepkema Child
Charlotte Rinnooy Kan Tsjepkema Child
Maaike Kempeneers Tsjepkema Child
Janni Goslinga Lady in Fur Coat
Wimie Wilhelm Female Prison Guard
Theo Maassen Prison Guard With Baret
Tjebbo Gerritsma Prison Guard With Accordion
Timothy Deenihan Canadian Colonel
Nolan Hemmings Captain British Intelligence
Garick Hagon British General
Ronald de Bruin Dutch CD in Train # 1
Menno van Beekum Dutch SD in Train # 2
Marcel Musters Henk
Hugo Metsers Shock Trooper
Rian Gerritsen Drunken Woman in Prison # 1
Susan Visser Drunken Woman in Prison # 2
Maiko Kemper Siegfried
Carsten Sasse German Sentry
Liza de Weerd Receptionist
Willem de Wolf Property Man
Oded Menashe Husband of Rachel Rosenthal-Stein
Roni Yedid Daughter of Rachel Rosenthal-Stein
Tomer Agami Son of Rachel Rosenthal-Stein
Gabriela Lewis Tour Guide
Michiel Husman
Technical Credits
Paul Verhoeven Director, Screenwriter
Graham Begg Executive Producer
Jeroen Beker Producer
Georges Bossaers Sound/Sound Designer
Jeremy Burdek Co-producer
Job ter Burg Editor
Jamie Carmichael Executive Producer
Anne Dudley Score Composer
Winnie Gallis Makeup
Sara Giles Executive Producer
Job Gosschalk Casting
Andreas Grosch Executive Producer
James Herbert Editor
Teun Hilte Producer
Jens Meurer Producer
Hans Kemna Casting
Risa Kes Casting
Nadia Khamlichi Co-producer
Karl Walter Lindenlaub Cinematographer
San Fu Maltha Producer
Jindra Markus Associate Producer
Henning Molfenter Executive Producer
Dick Naastepad Makeup
Marc Noyons Co-producer
Justine Paauw Co-producer
Adrian Politowski Co-producer
Adrian Politwoski Co-producer
Andreas Schmid Executive Producer
Marcus Schöfer Executive Producer
Gerard Soeteman Original Story, Screenwriter
Yan Tax Costumes/Costume Designer
Yan Tax Costumes/Costume Designer
Marc van der Bijl Asst. Director
Jos van der Linden Producer
Wilbert van Dorp Production Designer
Frans van Gestel Producer
Harry Wiessenhaan Special Effects
Carl L. Woebcken Executive Producer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Stunning, Compelling Film on Every Level

    Just when we think we have read about or seen all of the stories there are to tell about courageous heroes/heroines who sacrificed much for the sake of many during World War II, along comes BLACK BOOK (ZWARTBOEK) with another dramatic 'biography' of a significant figure. Director Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct, Spetters, Total Recall) is a much admired Dutch artist who is able to draw his audience into another world so real that it literally feels as though we are part of the process. And that is precisely why this film works so well: the audience as a participant drives home the film's message that war changes people, that from one day to the next it is impossible to distinguish the 'bad' from the 'good', the 'enemy' from the 'friend'. Rachel Stein (the enormously gifted Carice van Houten) was a Jewish Dutch born cabaret singer in Berlin until the war broke out, at which time she returned to Holland to hide during the Jewish Solution. A series of incidents in 1944 destroy her hiding place and thwart her attempts to join her family to escape the Nazis. She is left to fend by herself until she bonds with a group from the Dutch Resistance. Gaining their confidence she is asked to masquerade as a German singer, dye all of her body hair blond, enter Germany as the consort of a doctor Hans Akkerman (Thom Hoffman) and infiltrate the highest elements of the Nazi regime, namely to become the mistress of Gestapo head Ludwig Müntze (Sebastian Koch) changing her name to Ellis de Vries. She stays in contact with the Resistance, places microphones in strategic positions, and with her friend Ronnie (Halina Reijn) becomes a Nazi party girl, singing at events while assisting her colleagues underground. The story is complex with many surprises as to who is with the Nazis and who is with the Resistance, and the story is so well told that we the audience are left guessing identities much the same as the characters. Paul Verhoeven wrote the screenplay with Gerard Soeteman and Verhoeven's dedication to his story is always present. There is a considerable violence and some sections that may offend viewers, but try to tell a true war story without including such aspects! The cast is brilliant, especially the multi-talented Carice van Houten, easily one of the finest actresses on the screen today. The entire cast is includes such gifted actors as Waldemar Kobus, Derek de Lint, Christian Berkel, Dolf de Vries, Michiel Huisman and Ronald Armbrust. The cinematography by Karl Walter Lindenlaub recreates not only The Hague, Holland, and Germany but also a kibbutz in Israel with solid veracity. Anne Dudley has created a musical score that includes songs from the period (sung beautifully by Carice van Houten), and atmospheric scoring for the tender scenes as well as the many tense scenes. Released in Europe in 2006, it is not clear as to whether this film will be eligible for the Oscars this year. If it is it should win. It is one of the finest films this reviewer has seen in a long time. In Dutch, German, Hebrew, and English with subtitles. Highly Recommended! Grady Harp

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Another Tale of a Hero under the Nazis

    For many this film slipped under the radar as it is from Holland. That is a shame considering the story. This is the tale of a woman who joins the Dutch Underground and though Jewish was able to infiltrate the Nazi command in Holland. Everyone she knows is being killed and she works to stop it all or at least slow it down until the Allies arrive. People are not who they seem and constant betrayal nearly dooms the Underground. When you think you have it all figured out, you don't.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Black Book is an excellent telling of a Nazi Germany story.

    This movie is excellent. From casting to scenery to plot, the story is easy to follow although heart-wrenching to comprehend.

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