SPETTERS + STARSHiP TROOPERS
January 15 only
Spoke Art Museum and MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS are proud to co-present a 3-Day, 7-Film Retrospective of the work of Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven. Like Fritz Lang in the 1940s & 1950s, upon arriving in Hollywood, Veroheven’s complex, subversive and visionary genre films have polarized American audiences for 30 years now.
SPETTERS. Paul Verhoeven caused so much controversy with this exploration of disaffected youth and their obsession with dirt bike racing (in the outskirts of Southern Holland) that he shortly packed up his realism and headed for Hollywood. DCP 120 mins
STARSHIP TROOPERS. Misunderstood by nearly every critic upon release 20 years ago, Paul Verhoeven’s follow-up to SHOWGIRLS ranks alongside Stanley Kubrick’s DR. STRANGELOVE (1964) as the greatest satire of war ever made. Hyper-violent and hypnotically subversive, Screenwriter Ed Neumeier’s facist-allegory brilliantly uses 90210-type acting to emphasize the obliviousness of a society to be brainwashed into committing absolute genocide. 35mm 129 mins
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