A Genuine Tribute to Paul Verhoeven Weekend

Co-presented by MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS and Spoke Art

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. Spoke Art will be presenting brand new limited edition screen prints for TOTAL RECALL and ROBOCOP available for purchase exclusively for attendees.

Friday, January 13, 7pm: TOTAL RECALL + BASiC INSTiNCT double feature
Saturday, January 14, 7pm: ROBOCOP + SHOWGiRLS  double feature with SPECIAL BONUS
Sunday, January 15, 5pm: SPETTERS (HUNK) + STARSHiP TROOPERS double feature

Friday, January 13, 2017

7:00pm TOTAL RECALL (1991) (35mm)


Based on a short story by Philip K. Dick; Co-Scripted by Dan O’Bannon. Directed by Paul Verhoeven. With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside.

Paul Verhoeven’s third American film takes place in 2084, where Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Douglas Quaid, a construction worker who dreams of taking a vacation to Mars. This action packed, defining VR (virtual reality) film has some of the most outrageous Oscar winning SFX of the decade. 35mm print. Rated R. Running Time: 113 minutes.

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9:30pm BASiC INSTiNCT (1992) – 25th Anniversary (35mm)

Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone dancing in scene from the film 'Basic Instinct', 1992. (Photo by TriStar/Getty Images)

Directed by Paul Verhoeven; Written by Joe Eszterhas. With Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn.

Paul Verhoeven’s fourth American film was an erotic, exploitative explosion upon its release 25 years ago. Causing controversy on both sides of the spectrum, this Hitchcockian thriller made Sharon Stone one of the defining sex symbols of the 1990s. Michael Douglas & Jeanne Tripplehorn heat things up as this sensational Mystery/Suspense flick reinvented the tired genre in one fell swoop. 35mm print. Rated R. 128 minutes.

Tickets for TOTAL RECALL + BASiC INSTiNCT double feature available here

Saturday, January 14, 2017

7:00pm ROBOCOP: Unrated Director’s Cut (1987) – 30th Anniversary


Directed by Paul Verhoeven; Written by Edward Neumeier. With Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O’Herlihy, Ronny Cox, Miguel Ferrer, Ray Wise.

Paul Verhoeven’s second American film took critics by surprise, delivering one of the most subversive sci-fi films of the decade. Peter Weller plays Officer Alex Murphy, a Detroit cop battling the chaotic streets in our very near Dystopian future. Screenwriter Ed Neumeier’s special blend of social satire seems as accessible as a Saturday Morning Cartoon making a revisit into ROBOCOP essential to perhaps uncover who this super-robot-cop is actually fighting for?! Warning: Extreme sound effects, violence and jaw dropping SFX by Rob Bottin & Stephen Dupuis! Unrated Director’s Cut DCP (fixing the incorrect aspect ratio of all 35mm prints) courtesy of  Park Circus. Unrated. 103 minutes.

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9:15pm SHOWGiRLS: NC-17 version (1995) (35mm)


Directed by Paul Verhoeven; Written by Joe Eszterhaus. With Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, Gina Gershon, Glenn Plummer.

Paul Verhoeven’s fifth film is also one of cinema’s most infamous and debatable movies ever made. While a massive cult following has formed around Nomi Malone’s misunderstood journey into the entertainment business since its release, MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS is proud to present a pristine NC-17 35mm Print for a RARE NEO-SiNCERE SCREENiNG. Extravagant, exploitative and uniquely subversive, it is time to finally uncover Paul Verhoeven’s satirical take on Las Vegas and Hollywood as one of the most brilliant films of the 1990s. Widescreen 35mm print courtesy of Park Circus. Rated NC-17. 131 minutes.


11:45pm Special Paul Verhoeven Secret Surprise

Tickets for ROBOCOP + SHOWGiRLS  double feature with Special Bonus available here

Sunday, January 15, 2017

5:00pm SPETTERS (HUNK): Unrated Dutch Version (1980)

Directed by Paul Verhoeven. With Hans van Tongeren, Renée Soutendijk, Rutger Hauer.

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. With strong thematic parallels to Jonathan Kaplan’s OVER THE EDGE and John Badham’s (R-Rated version of) SATURDAY NiGHT FEVER, this extremely RARE screening of the Unrated Dutch version showcases a pre-BLADE RUNNER Rutger Hauer and a performance by Renée Soutendijk that you will never forget. DCP w/ English subtitles courtesy of EYE Film. Unrated. 120 minutes.

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7:30pm STARSHiP TROOPERS (1997) – 20th Anniversary (35mm)


Directed by Paul Verhoeven; Written by Edward Neumeier. With Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris, Michael Ironside.

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. Surrealist filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky (EL TOPO) considers STARSHiP TROOPERS to be the only great American film of the past 30 years. WARNING: Film includes excessive blood and massive amounts of insect & human guts.) 35mm print. Rated “Hard” R. 129 minutes.

Tickets for SPETTERS (HUNK) + STARSHiP TROOPERS double feature available here