Monday, April 3, 2017

Elle (France/Germany/Belgium: Paul Verhoeven, 2016)

Elle (France/Germany/Belgium: Paul Verhoeven, 2016: 130 mins)

Barton-Fumo, Margaret. "Paul Verhoeven." The Film Comment (November 15, 2016) ["What are the uncanny forces at work behind Paul Verhoeven’s visceral and transgressive cinema? In anticipation of the Film Society’s complete retrospective of the Dutch master’s films and the U.S. release of Elle, this episode offers a comprehensive discussion of the director’s audacious and eclectic career encompassing art-house Dutch films (Turkish Delight [1971], Spetters [1980]) and big-budget Hollywood productions such as Basic Instinct (1992), Total Recall (1990) and Starship Troopers (1997). In the first part of the podcast, Film Comment Digital Editor Violet Lucca sits down with a panel of Verhoeven connoisseurs, including Cinema Scope critic Adam Nayman, Film Comment Deep Cuts columnist Margaret Barton-Fumo (also the editor of a forthcoming book of interviews with Verhoeven), and Fort Buchanan director Benjamin Crotty, to tackle the controversy that lies at the core of Verhoeven’s work. In the final part of the episode, Margaret Barton-Fumo speaks to Verhoeven about the uncomfortable eroticism that pervades Elle and his Brechtian influences."]

Bidisha. "Rape Fantasy Elle is Not a Five Star Masterpiece - It is Sick." The Guardian (March 28, 2017)

Bradshaw, Peter. "Elle: Startling Strange Rape-Revenge Black Comedy." The Guardian (March 9, 2017)

Brody, Richard. "The Phony Sexual Transgressions of Paul Verhoeven's Elle." The New Yorker (November 15, 2016)

Cribbs, John, James Hancock and Leanne Kubicz. "The Cinema of Paul Verhoeven." Wrong Reel #200 (November 2016)

Elle Critics Round Up (Ongoing Archive)

Erbland, Kate. " Elle: Isabelle Huppert on Why Her Controversial Film About Rape Is ‘Post-Feminist.'" IndieWire (October 14, 2016)

Gleiberman, Owen. "‘Showgirls’ With Subtitles? The Demented Caveman Feminism of Paul Verhoeven’s Elle." Variety (December 11, 2016)

Hudson, David. "Paul Verhoeven's Elle." Keyframe (October 14, 2016)

---. "Paul Verhoeven’s Elle (Cannes 2016): 'The glee with which Verhoeven and Huppert openly defy any concession to cultural correctness is breathtaking.'" Keyframe (May 21, 2016)

Lee, Benjamin. "Isabelle Huppert: Elle is not about a woman 'accepting her rapist.'" The Guardian (May 21, 2016)

---. "Paul Verhoeven on Elle: 'It is Not a Rape Comedy.'" The Guardian (May 27, 2016)

Lodge, Guy. "Elle." Variety (May 21, 2016)

López, Cristina Álvarez and Adrian Martin. "Isabelle Huppert: The Absent One." Third Rail #10 (2017)

Nayman, Adam. "The Rules of the Game: Paul Verhoeven's Elle." Cinema Scope #68 (2016)

O'Malley, Sheila. "Elle." Roger Ebert (November 11, 2016)

Righetti, Jamie. " Post-Feminist Power: How Isabelle Huppert And Others Are Giving Us a New Kind of Movie Hero." IndieWire (November 8, 2016)

Scott, A.O. "In Elle, Isabelle Huppert Subverts the Role of Rape Victim." The New York Times (November 10, 2016)

Shaw, Dan. "Great Directors: Paul Verhoeven." Senses of Cinema (January 2003)

Singer, Leah. "Lost in Translation: Foreign-language Acting at the Oscars." Keyframe (February 2017)

Stevens, Dana. "Elle: Paul Verhoeven’s unsettling latest is a black comedy about systemic misogyny, a rape whodunit, and so much more." Slate (November 11, 2016)

Verhoeven, Paul. "Elle." The Close-Up #109 (November 9, 2016)

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