Dutch Language Films












1-900 (1996)
Directed by Theo van Gogh. Cast: Ariane Schluter, Ad van Kempen. Two lonely professionals meet through a sex-line and begin a weekly rendezvous via the telephone. It turns erotic, funny, frustrating, and even sinister, as they become increasingly attached to one another. Based on the stage play "06" by Johan Doesburg. 80 min. DVD X6529
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Alles moet weg (Everything Must Go) (Belgium, 1996)
Directed by Jan Verheyen. Cast: Stany Crets, Peter Van den Begin, Jaak van Assche, Camilia Blereau, Alice Toen. In this black comedy, a pair of young losers face-up to the futility of fighting conservative Belgian Establishment. Tony comes from an upper middle class family. Both of his parents are prominent lawyers. Soon after flunking his legal exams, the aimless Tony steals some of his parents cash and takes off for a cross-country drive in his van. Along the way, he encounters the ex-con Andreeke, a man who loves wandering about and steals for the joy of it. Wanting some kicks, the new buddies rob Tony's house. Afterward, Andreeke departs and returns to the tiny bistro he owns. Tony is still yearning for more trouble so tries to con a cagey, dying old woman. Unfortunately for him, she proves to be the better con artist. Later, Andreeke, who has lost his restaurant, and Tony reteam to try and rob a bank. Only one of them survives the heist. In Dutch with optional subtitles in French, English and Dutch. 105 min. DVD 7975
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Als twee druppels water (Like Two Drops of Water) (1963)
Directed by Fons Rademakers. Cast: Lex Schoorel, Nan Los, Elise Hoomans, Guus Verstraete, Van Doude. The fainthearted cigar trader Ducker keeps to himself during World War II, but that changes when parachutist Dorbeck lands in his backyard. It turns out the parachutist bears a remarkable resemblance to Ducker. As a secret agent, Dorbeck enlists Ducker's help in his missions and Ducker follows Dorbeck blindly, becomes involved in the Dutch resistance and soon starts killing people. When he escapes through German lines to the freed South Netherlands, he discovers no one has ever heard of Dorbeck. 121 min. DVD 7826
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Antonia (Antonia's Line) (1995)
Directed by Marleen Gorris. Cast: Willeke van Ammelrooy, Els Dottermans, Jan Decleir. Set in the Netherlands this is a remarkable portrait of a family and a community, of mothers and daughters, and of one indomitable woman. Earthy, sexy, romantic, filled with laughter and warmth, it's a joyous celebration of simple pleasures and enduring passions. 102 min. DVD 8446; vhs 999:1645
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Foreign Language Film

Gillett, Sue. "Just Women: Marlene Gorris's Antonia's Line." Senses of Cinema, vol. 17, pp. (no pagination), November 2001
Jaehne, Karen. "Antonia's Line." Film Quarterly 50.n1 (Fall 1996): 27(4). UC users only
Keller, James R. "Dreaming of the Pure Vegetable Kingdom: Ecofeminism and Agriculture in A Thousand Acres and Antonia's Line." In: Food, film and culture : a genre study Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2006. (MAIN: PN1995.9.F65 K45 2006)
Sellery, J'Nan Morse. "Women's communities and the magical realist gaze of Antonia's Line." West Virginia University Philological Papers (Fall 2001): 115(10). UC users only
Sklar, Robert. "Marlene Gorris: The Lighter Side of Feminism." In: The Cineaste interviews 2 : on the art and politics of the cinema / Gary Crowdus, Dan Georgakas. Chicago : Lake View Press, c2002. (Main Stack PN1998.2.C51 2002; PFA PN1998.2.C51 2002)
Spencer, Liese. "Antonia's line/Antonia." Sight and Sound 6.n9 (Sept 1996): 34(2).

De avonden (Evenings) (1989)
Directed by Rudolf van den Berg. Cast: Thom Hoffman, Rijk de Gooijer, Viviane de Muynck, Pierre Bokma. A autobiographical Dutch drama set in 1946 about the complicated psychology of young Fritz van Egters who lives with his parents. He has difficulty growing up and his contacts with friends, neighbors, and women are rather unsatisfactory so he prefers to make love with his rabbit-doll. In Dutch without subtitles. 117 min. DVD 7444
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Blind Date (1996)
Directed by Theo van Gogh. Cast: Stanley Tucci, Patricia Clarkson. Don and Janna's relationship has been on the verge of collapse since the death of their daughter, and they're trying to reconnect with each other through role playing, so each evening they pretend they're meeting for the first time on a blind date after discovering one another through personal ads. Sometimes they assume characters that are openly confrontational, while other times they try to bring a sweetness and intimacy back into their lives, but more often than not their struggle to reclaim the love they knew ends in confusion and frustration. 90 min. DVD X6529
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Het bittere kruid (1985)
Directed by Kees Van Oostrum. Cast: Ester Spitz, Gerard Thoolen, Kitty Courbois, Frank Rigter. This interpretation of the life of a Jewish girl in Holland -- who escapes being sent to German death camps in 1942 while the rest of her family is deported -- is loosely based on the autobiographical novel by Marga Minco. The author sued to insert a disclaimer before the title that a fictional Nazi family introduced in this film and the young Jewish girl could never have had the relationship shown, a relationship contrary to her book and her experience. Screenwriter Maurice Noel added the Nazi family whose father is a VIP in the Nazi youth, whose son is a Nazi soldier, and whose daughter makes friends with the Jewish Sara while the two are in the hospital. Later, viewers are to believe that Sara visits the Nazi family often and is welcomed -- wearing her yellow star -- in complete safety. The real "Sara" was hidden for three years by friends in the Dutch Resistance and miraculously escaped deportation and death only because of their own risk in hiding her. In Dutch without subtitles. 83 min. DVD 7825
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Cool! (Netherlands, 2004)
Directed by Theo van Gogh. Cast: Fouad Mourigh, Farhane El Hamchaoui, Jones Kruijne, Remco Alberts, Julien de Roover. Set to gangsta rap, this film tells the tale of three teenage criminals - (Abdel, Jacky, and Jeffrey) - who end up doing time in a juvenile detention center after messing up a bank robbery. Abdel, who has been changed for the better by his time in the correctional system, learns that their former gang-leader Prof is setting up another big heist. Abdel decides that Prof needs to be taken down and sets about sabotaging Prof's plan. 125 min. DVD 8247
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Dokter Pulder zaait papavers (Doctor Pulder Sows Poppies)(1975)
Directed by Bert Haanstra. Cast: Kees Brusse, Ton Lensink, Dora van der Groen, Henny Orri, Karin Loeb, Manon Alving, Peter Römer. A smalltown doctor gets a visit from an old friend, now a famous neurologist. What he doesn't know is that this former surgeon has become a junkie and wants to steal his morphine. 102 min. DVD X2165
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Een pak slaag (Mr. Slotter's Jubilee)(Netherlands , 1979)
Directed by Bert Haanstra. Cast: Kees Brusse, Paul Steenbergen, Bernard Droog, Jeroen Krabbé, Eric Schneider, Ellen de Thouars, Eric van Ingen, Annet Nieuwenhuyzen. When Old Slieps retires from managing a baby-buggy factory, he passes his mantle on to Hein Slotter, a dull yet efficient manager. As time goes by, the company directors who intensely dislike the man develop a plan to humiliate Slotter at a celebration of his 25th anniversary as a means of venting their feelings. Based on the novel by Anton Koolhaas. 100 min. DVD X2165
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Fanfare (1958)
Directed by Bert Haanstra. Cast: Hans Kaart, Bernard Droog, Ineke Brinkman, Wim Van den Heuvel, Andrea Domburg, Albert Mol, Henk van Buuren, Herbert Joeks, Johan Valk, Ton Lutz, Riek Schagen, Sara Heyblom, Dio Huysmans. After a fight the brass band in a small village splits up into two separate bands. They both want to win a contest and will do anything to prevent the other band from winning it. 83 min. DVD X2165
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Interview (2003)
Directed by Theo van Gogh. Cast: Pierre Bokma, Katja Schuurman. Against his will, a renowned journalist from a well-respected paper must interview the most popular actress in the Netherlands. Like competitors, the two go head-to-head while fighting an underlying sexual tension. Who will win this battle of razor-sharp tongues? 88 min. DVD X6529
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Karakter (Character) (1997)
Directed by Mike van Diem. Cast: Jan DeCleir, Fedja Van Huet, Betty Schuurman, Tamar Van Den Dop, Victor Low, Hans Kesting. Dreverhaven is dead. The city's most feared bailiff, the curse of the poor, the agent of law without compassion--discovered with a knife through his heart. A self-taught lawyer who just passed his exams was the last person to see Drevehaven alive. Now, the police want to know why he visited the old man, and the young barrister is ready to tell the story of a lifetime. 125 min. DVD 5532
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Foreign Language Film

Bosma, Peter. "Character." In: The cinema of the Low Countries / edited by Ernest Mathijs. London ; [New York] : Wallflower Press, 2004. (Main Stack PN1993.5.B425.C56 2004)

Keetje Tippel (Katie Tippel; Girl named Katy Tippel) (1975)
Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Cast: Rutger Hauer, Monique Van de Ven, Eddy Brugman, Andrea Domburg. In 1881 a young Dutch girl moves with her poor family from the farm to Amsterdam. Forced into prostitution by her mother, the feisty Keetje advances herself through a series of degrading jobs to become a woman of means, education and attainment. 77 min. DVD 6177
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Lieve jongens (Dear Boys) (Netherlands, 1980)
Directed by Paul de Lussanet. Cast: Hugo Metsers, Hans Dagelet, Bill Van Dijk, Albert Mol. An exploration of the problem older homosexuals have in holding on to their younger lovers, as exemplified by the sexual fantasies of a middle-aged writer and the young men who dominate his life. Based on: Lieve jongens by Gerard Reve. 90 min. DVD X4455 ; vhs 999:3797
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May 6th (06/05)(2004)
Director, Theo van Gogh. Cast: Thijs Romer, Tara Elders, Cahit Olmez, Jack Wouterse, Johnny de Mol, Caro Lenssen. A dangerous game of cat and mouse is set in motion following the murder of a prominent Dutch politician. Tabloid photographer Jim de Booy, a crime scene witness, stumbles into an investigation that reveals a complex conspiracy, putting his life and the lives of everyone close to him at risk. Based on events surrounding the 2002 assassination of Pim Fortuyn. 117 min. DVD 8558
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Mira (Belgium / Netherlands, 1971)
Director, Fons Rademakers. Cast: Willeke van Ammelrooy, Jan Decleir, Freek de Jonge Tells the story of a small and conservative West-Flemish village opposing the construction of a bridge over the Scheldt. 95 min. DVD 7906
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Martens, Erik. "Mira." In: The cinema of the Low Countries / edited by Ernest Mathijs. London ; [New York] : Wallflower Press, 2004. (Main Stack PN1993.5.B425.C56 2004)

Morlang (2001)
Director, Tjebbo Penning. Cast: Paul Freeman, Diana Kent, Susan Lynch, Eric van der Donk, Marcel Faber. When Morlang, a successful artist, learns that Ellen, his wife and muse of 15 years, has had an affair, he reacts by having an affair with a young admirer. The results are unexpected and devastating and strains the married couples relationship even more. The film is loosely based on a true story. 95 min. DVD 6339
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Najib & Julia(Netherlands, TV, 2002)
Director, Theo van Gogh. Cast: Tara Elders, Hanin Msellek, Jack Wouterse, Marlies Heuer. In this modern-day Romeo and Juliet story made for Dutch television, a hockey player, Julia, falls in love with a Moroccan pizza-delivery boy, Najib. In Dutch without subtitles. 300 min. DVD 7824
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Rare Dutch and Belgian Experimental Program
Presents five early documentary films produced in the Netherlands. The mystic lamb by Van Eyck / directed by Andre Cauvin ([1939?]) (ca. 9 min.) -- Rain / by Joris Ivens and Mannus Franken (1929) (ca. 12 min.) -- New earth / directed by Joris Ivens ([1941?]) (ca. 23 min.) -- The bridge / directed and photographed by Joris Ivens (1927-1928) (ca. 12 min.) -- De parapluie = The umbrella / productie en regie, Kees Brusse ([1961?]) (ca. 31 min.) Video/C 7811

Siberia (1998)
Directed by Robert Jan Westdijk. Cast: Hugo Metsers, Roeland Fernhout, Vlatka Simac, Nicole Eggert, Johnny Lion. Hugo and Goof have set up a scam picking up female tourists, sleeping with them, then robbing them and keeping a page from their passport for a souvenir. Their scam goes well until they meet Lara from Siberia, with whom Goof becomes obsessed. 87 min. DVD 3547
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Soldaat van Oranje (Soldier of Orange) (1977)
Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Cast: Rutger Hauer, Jeroen Krabbe, Edward Fox, Susan Penhaligon. Erik Hazelhoff is a spoiled young aristocrat who transforms himself into a daring leader in the Dutch resistance forces during World War II. 156 min. DVD 6177
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Scheers, Rob van. Paul Verhoeven Boston : Faber, 1997. (MAIN: PN1998.3.V46 S3413 1997)
Swinnen, Johan. "Soldaat van Oranje/Soldier of Orange." In: The cinema of the Low Countries / edited by Ernest Mathijs. London ; [New York] : Wallflower Press, 2004. (Main Stack PN1993.5.B425.C56 2004)
Telotte, J.P. "Narratives of resistance: Verhoeven's Soldier of Orange." Film Criticism 30.3 (Spring 2006): p3(14). (5607 words)

Spetters (1980)
Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Cast: Hans Van Tongeren, Renee Soutendijk, Toon Agterberg, Maarten Spanjer, Marianne Boyer, Jeroen Krabbe, Rutger Hauer. Set in 1970s Holland, this is the story of three young working-class men with a passion for motorcycle racing and for the same young woman. 123 min. DVD 8557
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Spoorloos (The Vanishing) (1988)
Directed by George Sluizer. Cast: Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Gene Bervoets, Johanna Ter Steege. Thriller about a young man whose wife disappears when they are on their way to their vacation. He becomes obsessed with learning what happened to her, and the story tells of his obsessive search for answers, along with the the story of her abductor's obsession with testing the limits of his own conscience. 107 min. 999:2424
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Jay, Steven. "The Vanishing." In: The cinema of the Low Countries / edited by Ernest Mathijs. London ; [New York] : Wallflower Press, 2004. (Main Stack PN1993.5.B425.C56 2004)
Sweeney, Kevin W. "The Horrific in Sluizer's "The Vanishing" Post Script 21:3 (Summer 2002) p. 99-110UC users only

De Stilte rond Christine M. (A Question of Silence)(1983)
Director, Marleen Gorris. Cast: Edda Barends, Nelly Frijda, Cox Habbema, Henriette Tol. A female psychiatrist is appointed by a judge to evaluate three women who, strangers to each other, have each confessed to the murder of the same man. Their rage toward and hatred of their male-dominated society is gradually understood by the psychiatrist, who begins to question her own nature. 97 min. vhs 999:1829
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Elsley, Judy. "Laughter as Feminine Power in The Color Purple and A Question of Silence.'" In: New perspectives on women and comedy / edited by Regina Barreca. Philadelphia : Gordon and Breach, c1992. (Main Stack PS430.N49 1992)
Ramanathan, Geetha. "Murder as speech: narrative subjectivity in Marleen Gorris' 'A Question of Silence.'." Genders n15 (Winter 1992 n15): 58(14).
Sklar, Robert. "Marlene Gorris: The Lighter Side of Feminism." In: The Cineaste interviews 2 : on the art and politics of the cinema / Gary Crowdus, Dan Georgakas. Chicago : Lake View Press, c2002. (Main Stack PN1998.2.C51 2002; PFA PN1998.2.C51 2002)
Smelik, Anneke. "And the mirror cracked: metaphors of violence in the films of Marleen Gorris." Women's Studies International Forum 16.n4 (July-August 1993): 349(15).
Udris, Jan. "A Question of Silence." In: The cinema of the Low Countries / edited by Ernest Mathijs. London ; [New York] : Wallflower Press, 2004. (Main Stack PN1993.5.B425.C56 2004)
Williams, Linda. "A Jury of Their Peers: Marleen Gorris's A Question of Silence." In: Multiple voices in feminist film criticism / Diane Carson, Linda Dittmar, and Janice R. Welsch, editors. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1994. (Main Stack PN1995.9.W6.M82 1994; Moffitt PN1995.9.W6.M82 1994)

Turks Fruit (Turkish Delight) (1973)
Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Cast: Rutger Hauer, Monique van de Ven, Tonny Huurdeman, Wim van den Brink, Hans Boskamp, Dolf de Vries, Marjol Flore, Manfred de Graaf, Dick Scheffer, Bert Dijkstra. Erik Vonk is a carefree artist and ladies man until he meets Olga, a beautiful young woman with an equal passion for sexual adventure. They marry in a frenzy of erotic ecstasy, only to find that real life has other plans. When Olga is struck by a tragic illness, Erik must make a searing choice between a lust that cannot be tamed and a love that refuses to die. 108 min. DVD 6177
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Mendik, Xavier. "Turkish Delight." In: The cinema of the Low Countries / edited by Ernest Mathijs. London ; [New York] : Wallflower Press, 2004. (Main Stack PN1993.5.B425.C56 2004)

De Vierde Man (4th Man; Fourth Man) (1983)
Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Cast: Jeroen Krabbe, Renee Soutendijk, Thom Hoffman, Dolf De Vries, Geert De Jong, Hans Veerman. An alcoholic novelist meets a widowed hairdresser. Then he begins to wonder if she murdered her former husbands and if he'll be her next victim. 102 min. DVD 6177
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De vlaschaard (The Flaxfield) (1943)
Director, Boleslaw Barlog. Cast: Paul Wegener, Paul Klinger, Bruni Lobel, Maria Koppenhofer, Ernst Waldow. A traditional Belgian father and his modern-thinking son battle it out in this family drama set in Belgium during the early 1900s. The conflict centers around the planting of flax. The son would rather play around with the milkmaid than farm. To instill his work ethic within the free-thinking lad, the father buys a neighboring farm. It doesn't work until the father lies upon his death bed. The loyal son comes around and begins to help. Languages and subtitles: Dutch and French. 83 min. DVD 7913

Voor een verloren soldaat (For a Lost Soldier) (1992)
Directed by Roeland Kerbosch. Cast: Maarten Smit, Andrew Kelley, Jeroen Krabbe. A dramatization of the true story of a young boy (Dutch ballet star Rudi van Dantzig) who is passionately attracted to his handsome Canadian liberator during World War II. 92 min. DVD 7346
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Vroeger kon je lachen (One Could Laugh in Former Days) (1983)
Directed by Bert Haanstra. Cast: Carolien van den Berg, Martine Bijl, Kees Brusse, Simon Carmiggelt, Jacques Commandeur, Sylvia de Leur, Mary Dresselhuys, Rijk de Gooyer, Guus Hermus, Hetty Heyting, Elizabeth Hoytink, Kees van Kooten Simon Carmiggelt wrote a daily column called "Kronkel" (Dutch for "twist," or "coil") for 30 years in the Netherlands that humorously and generously portrayed the human condition; this film is a cinematic version of his "Kronkel" columns. Each vignette in the film rests on its own natural dialogue as people reveal their thoughts and feelings. 85 min. DVD X2165
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Wat zien ik? (Business is Business) (1971)
Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Cast: Ronnie Beirman, Sylvia De Leur, Piet Romer, Jules Hamel, Bernard Droog Henk Molenberg, Albert Mol. For hooker Blonde Greet, sexual fetish is a way of life and every deviant fantasy has its price. But when Blonde falls in love, she finds that business and pleasure can't mix without some unexpected complications. 89 min. DVD 6177
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Wild Romance (2006)
Directed by Jean van de Velde. Cast: Daniel Boissevain, Marcel Hensema, Karina Smulders, George Rossi, Andy Nyman. Profiles the start of the career of the rock musician Herman Brood, who lived his life filled with sex, drugs and rock 'n roll. Guided by his manager they aim to take over America with his music. In Dutch without subtitles. 99 min. DVD 7445
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De Zaak M.P. (The M.P. Case) (1960)
Directed by Bert Haanstra. Cast: Albert Mol, Ko van Dijk, Ingrid Valerius, Mieke Verstraete, Julia de Gruyter, Germaine Loosveldt, Ramses Shaffy, Julien Schoenaerts, Kees Brusse, Jaak Germain, Robert Maes, Marcel Cauwenberg, Robert Marcel, Paul Storm, Bernard Droog. A comedy about the struggle between the Netherlands and Belgium, told through a football match during which the Flemish cultural monument Manneken Pis is stolen. 90 min. DVD X2165
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Zwartboek (Black Book) (Netherlands / Germany / Belgium, 2006)
Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Cast: Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman, Halina Reijn, Waldemar Kobus, Derek de Lint, Christian Berkel, Dolf de Vries, Peter Blok, Michiel Huisman. Rachel, a young Jewish girl hiding from the Nazi's during World War II in The Netherlands, sees her hiding place blown up. She escapes with her rescuer, a young sailor, but the boat sails into a trap set by the Germans. She escapes and joins the resistance, and under the false name Ellis de Vries she meets SS-hauptsturmfuhrer Ludwig Muntze on a train smuggling weapons. She goes to his headquarters to meet him again and gain his trust, and soon they fall in love. She joins his office as a spy, but when someone within the resistance betrays her, she is now seen as an enemy betraying both sides. All that's left to do is run with the man she learned to love and find a way to prove her innocence by finding the real betrayer. 146 min. DVD 8526
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Koehler, Robert. "Vulgar Moralism." Cinema Scope, Spring2007, Issue 30, p6-11, 6p UC users only
Lee, Nathan. "The Agony and the Ecstasy: Paul Verhoeven's Carnal Knowledge." Film Comment; Mar/Apr2007, Vol. 43 Issue 2, p26-30, 5p, UC users only

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