Black Book [Blu-ray] 
- SKU: 8525385
- Release Date: 09/25/2007
Ratings & Reviews
- Commentary with director Paul Verhoeven
- The making of Black Book
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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Cast & Crew
- Carice van Houten - Rachel Stein/Ellis De Vries
- Sebastian Koch - Ludwig Müntze
- Thom Hoffman - Hans Akkermans
- Halina Reijn - Ronnie
- Waldemar Kobus - Günther Franken
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The Black BookNovember 7, 2007
This is the best World War 2 drama I have seen in a long time!!! Highly recommended. Acting and script are superb and the costumes are impeccable.
I would recommend this to a friend
This is filmed in DUTCH with English subtitles!March 20, 2014
The Best Buy product description did not mention that this was filmed using the Dutch language, so you have choices of English, French or Spanish subtitles - Not my favorite way to watch a movie.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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