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Paul Verhoeven Double Features This Weekend at The Aero

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written by Bill Krohn for LAist

The American Cinematheque honors Dutch-born filmmaker Paul Verhoeven this weekend (Marc 2-4) with a slate of Verhoeven films from the Netherlands and from Hollywood, where he spent the 80s and the 90s making big-budget studio pictures like Total Recall, Robocop and Basic Instinct.

Although he's best known for the latter, Verhoeven was a renowned European filmmaker before he joined the Hollywood ranks, and this weekend is a good chance to catch up on that earlier phase of his career. The retrospective is appropriate now because Verhoeven returned to the Netherlands to make the film that will
conclude the series on Sunday night, Black Book (2007) which is being released by Sony Classics in April.

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His last Hollywood film to date was The Hollow Man (2000), an invisible man story starring Kevin Bacon that must have had Claude Raines spinning in his tomb, because the scientist played by Bacon does the things everyone would be tempted to do if they were invisible. After that Verhoeven told the press: "I've done four special effects films, and that's enough for any director. I want to get back to making films where the story is built on the characters."