The Fourth Man ★★★★

I've now seen four films from the Netherlands. There may very well be a day that I watch a Dutch film I don't absolutely love, but that sure as heck ain't today.

Talk about using sex and sexuality to strengthen the atmosphere and terror of an erotic thriller! I'm not sure what it is about Verhoeven that jives so well with me and my sensibilities, but it's truly astounding that he's been able to masterfully grip me so completely from The Fourth Man in '83 into the 21st century with Black Book and Elle.

This was a real effort to find; the non-profit video library here in Seattle had one copy, but because it's out of print and so rare, your have to put down a $200 deposit to rent the DVD. Absolutely worth it. Seek out this title.