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Movie : Snap Review – Black Book

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Israel 1956 we are introduced to Rachel, a Jewish woman who’s teaching school. We then flashback to her life in Nazi occupied Holland 1944. Her life is a series of hiding spots and escaping from the Nazis. Suffering terrible losses she survives to work with the Dutch resistance. She is used by the resistance to infiltrate the local SS. Passing her self off as a non – Jew. She seduces the local German commander and becomes the resistance’s inside source. Lots happens in her time in this role.

CB was caught by surprise by this film. The filmmakers take you along and engage you with the story and Rachel’s journey. Delicate subject matter handled with class. The performances in this film are so good. More than one dimension to all of them. Sebastian Koch and Waldemar Kobus as the two Nazi leaders give solid standout portrayals. CB also really liked Halina Reijn as Ronnie. Doing everything she can to survive.

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Carice van Houten as Rachel in the lead role embraces it and brings a truth and reality to it. I really liked her choices. Who says there are no strong women characters and roles in film.? Alive and well when you see work like this. Take a bow Carice (and everyone else involved)

Lots going on in this one. Twists, turns and much more.  Good piece of film. Catch it.

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14 comments on “Movie : Snap Review – Black Book

  1. keepsmealive
    January 13, 2019

    Damn, that sounds great. Thanks!

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  2. Chris
    January 13, 2019

    Paul Verhoeven should be regarded as one of the greats as he made several classics with Robocop, Total Recall and Basic Instinct. Hollow Man was poor while I enjoyed Showgirls which many discarded as trashy. Elle was a dark thriller with an unexpected story. I haven’t looked into his Dutch films though Turkish Delight is in the 1001 Movies to watch. Black Book sounds underappreciated and worth my while. Thanks for the rec!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      January 13, 2019

      Chris this is the only film of his that I’ve seen. I was surprised when I saw his other films. Elle is one I’d be interested in. Also Soldier of Orange.
      Ive watched this one a couple of times.

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  3. Jim S.
    January 13, 2019

    You know, I saw this one when it came out based, I think, either on Siskel and Ebert (or whoever was doing the show at the time) and/or a review in the paper. Back then I’d make more of an effort to go see the non-mainstream films. I can’t remember it well. But tell me – is there a scene in a bathroom with a Nazi getting it on with some girl? That’s a vivid scene in my mind but I can’t remember if it was this movie.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      January 13, 2019

      Yup there is a few scenes like that. The Ronnie character isn’t shy. The thing is Doc is there are some cool music scenes. Rachel the main character is a cabaret singer and she does a few duets with the Nazi sleezeball (Waldemar Kobus). Underneath it all she wants to cut his balls off. Really well shot and performed by the two actors and whoever supplied the music. Not amateur at all.

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  4. Yeah, Another Blogger
    January 14, 2019

    I’m putting this movie on my list.

    CB, I’m bummed out! The Eagles lost today.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      January 14, 2019

      Being a film guy I’ll be curious on your take.

      Yeah I just finished watching the game. Was tuning in and out. They had the ball with lots of time. Feel bad for Jeffery.

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  5. greenpete58
    January 14, 2019

    Intriguing review, CB, but you didn’t say when the film was released. How recent is it? As you said, a (very) delicate subject matter. I’m intrigued, but I certainly hope the filmmakers didn’t drag out (i.e. exploit) the sex scenes with Nazis. Some things are off limits, in my book.

    (BTW, I’m getting close to cracking that bio of Stegner!)

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      January 14, 2019

      2006 I think Pete. Believe me they don’t exploit that very small part of the film (a little of that shit goes a long way with CB except if your name is Peckinpah). Have a look at the trailer and I’m sure there are lots of takes on the web. I don’t get into the films to deep. I leave it open for anyone that is “intrigued’ to experience the film. Both my Gal and I really liked this movie.
      (Just read ‘The Sound Of Mountain Water’ by Wallace. I’d be real curious on what you think. He had strong opinions but was a lover of that outdoor thing we love)

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  6. J.
    January 14, 2019

    This one sounds pretty interesting, CB… I don’t watch many flicks these days, but aye, this one sounds like a good ‘un.

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