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Paul Verhoeven Says New Bond Movies Like ‘No Time to Die’ Are Sexless: ‘There Was Always Sex’ in Classic Bond

According to Paul Verhoeven, Hollywood has a basic problem: There’s not enough sex onscreen.The era of the erotic thriller is all but forgotten, with sensuality giving way to Marvel movies and watered-down studio films. But “Showgirls” and “Basic Instinct” director Verhoeven isn’t letting steamy cinema go down without a fight.“Sex is the essence of existence,” […]

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Catholic Protesters Gather Outside NYFF Premiere of Paul Verhoeven’s Lesbian Nun Drama ‘Benedetta’

Catholic protesters descended on Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center for the New York Film Festival premiere of Paul Verhoeven’s scandalous lesbian nun drama “Benedetta.” The movie, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to shock and acclaim, stars Virginie Efira as Benedetta Carlini, a novice nun in the 17th century who joins an Italian […]

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Cannes: All the Movies from the 2021 Festival That Will Make Some Noise This Year

A few weeks ago, it was hard to believe that the Cannes Film Festival would actually happen. Now, as the 74th edition winds down, it’s still hard to believe what transpired over the past two weeks: a whole lot of movies, many of which will continue to make some noise in the year ahead. In […]

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Mubi adds Un Certain Regard winner ‘Unclenching The Fists’ to Cannes haul

The streamer and distributor has also picked up Benedetta, Memoria, Cow and other titles.Continuing its Cannes festival buying spree, London-based global streamer and distributor Mubi has picked up all rights for North America, the UK, Ireland, Latin America and India to Un Certain Regard Grand Prize winner Unclenching The Fists.The second feature from Russian director […]

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‘Zero F*cks Given’: Adèle Exarchopoulos Tries To Conceal The Despair of Life In This Shimmering Drama [Cannes Review]

Of the many films playing at Cannes which have gained in resonance since the coming of the pandemic, “Zero F*cks Given” from French duo Julie Lecoustre, and Emmanuel Marre does not represent the creepiest, most alarming kind of coincidence — that description would better fit “Benedetta” from Dutch master Paul Verhoeven, which features an actual […]

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Cannes Film Festival 2021 Critic’s Notebook 2: Benedetta, Hit the Road

Dutch director Paul Verhoeven’s “lesbian nun movie” Benedetta may have taken two extra years to land (Verhoeven’s hip surgery in 2019 prevented him from completing post-production in time for that year’s Cannes), but its prologue wastes no time informing the audience of its mischievous timbre (for the handful heading into it expecting anything close to […]

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‘Blasphemous? Of course not.’ Director of lesbian nuns film hits back at critics

‘I did not invent these scenes,’ says Paul Verhoeven defending the graphic violence and sex in his film, based on a true storyIt might be based on a scholarly study of medieval nuns in Tuscany, but Benedetta, the new film from controversial director Paul Verhoeven, is full of lust, gore and brutality, and it has […]

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