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Base Instincts: Verhoeven in the U.S.A.

Base Instincts: Verhoeven in the U.S.A.

Friday, January 8 - Saturday, February 27, 2010

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After the international breakthroughs of SOLDIER OF ORANGE (1977) and THE FOURTH MAN (1983), Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven came to the US and turned out a remarkable string of provocative pulp entertainments. Working in a variety of genres — from the militaristic sci-fi fantasy of ROBOCOP and STARSHIP TROOPERS to steamy neo-noir like BASIC INSTINCT and SHOWGIRLS’ tawdry show-biz exposé — Verhoeven’s tabloid tales of sex and violence titillated, thrilled and outraged audiences and critics alike. Over the course of seven weekends this winter, we’re offering a chance to rediscover Verhoeven’s American cinema on the big screen, in all its guilty pleasures.

Click here to read an article on the series and Verhoeven’s work in The L Magazine.

“[Verhoeven] has become something like our Fritz Lang — Hollywood’s comic-book artist deluxe, the suavely brutal purveyor of hardcore pulp.” – J. Hoberman, Village Voice

“Verhoeven may be the bravest and most assured satirist in Hollywood, insofar as he succeeds in making big genre movies no one knows whether to take seriously or not.” – Michael Atkinson

“Surviving in a world populated by assholes… that’s [Verhoeven's] philosophy.” – Jacques Rivette

“The United States is of course an extremely fascinating country.” – Paul Verhoeven


RoboCop

RoboCop

Friday, October 24 - Saturday, October 25, 2014
New 4k digital restoration! DCP projection "In a futuristic Old Detroit, the crime rates are soaring. Thirty-one cops have been wasted since Omni-Consumer Products took over responsibility... more...



Showgirls

Showgirls

Friday, April 20 - Saturday, April 21, 2012
Please note: due to a shipping error, we did not the receive the 35mm print we'd booked for this engagement. The film will be screening in high-definition digital projection. We apologize for any... more...



Flesh+Blood

Flesh+Blood

Friday, January 22 - Saturday, January 23, 2010
"Five stars! Brutal and exhilarating... barrels of gore, lots of nudity, and some nasty plot twists. It's certainly not for the weak of heart (or stomach), but it is a great movie. "Martin... more...



Hollow Man

Hollow Man

Friday, January 29 - Saturday, January 30, 2010
"A must-see! Paul Verhoeven’s well-paced and watchable action thriller, about a scientist (Kevin Bacon) working for the Pentagon who makes himself invisible, is less of a social satire than his other... more...



Total Recall

Total Recall

Friday, February 5 - Saturday, February 6, 2010

"Picking up from where he left off in RoboCop, Verhoeven pictures a lean, mean future controlled by conglomerates via a hands-on designer technology. Doug Quaid (Schwarzenegger) is a working...

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Basic Instinct

Basic Instinct

Friday, April 25 - Saturday, April 26, 2014
35mm print "BASIC INSTINCT begins with two naked bodies, a mirrored ceiling and an ice pick, which will be wielded in the heat of passion by an unidentified blond woman as she makes... more...



Starship Troopers

Starship Troopers

Friday, October 26 - Saturday, October 27, 2012
35mm print "Whatever else it is, which is plenty, Paul Verhoeven’s eye-popping 1997 epic STARSHIP TROOPERS has to be the most misunderstood and underappreciated sci-fi blockbuster... more...





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