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NOTE: Unless noted otherwise, "he/his" = Gerard and "she/hers" = Christine.
"Throughout the movie you will never know if the main character is schizophrenic or under the influence of alcohol or if it's really true what's happening there."
"The character that Jeroen Krabbe plays is really close to that of the [real life] writer [Gerard Reve]."
"The Hotel Bellevue means 'Good Eye' so again this is a reference of course to the eye that is going at the end of the movie to be poked out in the fourth man."
"It was not so easy to convice Jeroen Krabbe to masturbate in this scene, because he felt it might be offensive or that it might look look ridiculous. Ultimately I was doing it with him together kind of."
"[The character of Herman] is not a very pleasant guy really."
"A lot of Dutch actors have been trying to break into the American market. It's tough because, I mean, listen to my accent and, you know, that's pretty bad."
"There is continuously this play about does reality have meaning or does it have no meaning."
"The movie is overloaded with these kinds of symbols. And of course it was the first movie ever that we got wonderful reviews about in Holland, especially after the bashing of Spetters which was two years before that, of the critics, not so disimilar from the bashing that happened here on Showgirls. [...] We pretended to be so deep but of course it's all playful and it's not all that completely true, but the critics thought it was a very deep movie. I always thought it was more a joke."
"The name Christina is again taken from Christ, isn't it."
"There are strong parallels of course with this movie with Basic Instinct because that's also a woman that might be killing, and that we at the end feel probably she did or did not. And of course the same theme about a black widow, about a killer woman, is of course preluded here. It's kind of a European Basic Instinct."
"This always was a movie that was mostly in the art circle, even in Holland."
"It's continuously, wherever we go, blood blood blood."
"[Gerard] tries to transform her into a male [...] because he only feels that he can get an orgasm or get really into sex if he imagines that it's a boy, a very lovely young boy."
"This [scene where he dreams he is waking up] is basically stolen from John Landis, American Werewolf."
"You think 'My god, what's happening?' and she castrates him."
"The ritual of doing his hair is of course the castration symbol that the story of Samson and Delilah is about."
"I am still really sad that that never happened. Perhaps you have to go back to Holland to do that again, you know, but that's also a big step. Although sometimes after the reviews I get in the United States, it's close to my mind to get out."
"He thinks he plays with her, but in fact she plays with him."
"I was always thinking, 'What would happen if you take that off? What's underneath that?'"
"There's no indication in any of the films or in the way she talks that any of the accidents were done in an evil way, [...] but in his mind he fills in the shot that were missing on the tapes."
"As this is the last shot of the movie, and Jesus is not the last shot, you might have to accept the fact that the makers of the movie were more inclined to see this life and this creation in the perspective of evil then in a perspective of mercy."
"I have not been able to be happy or unhappy about this movie. I always felt that the whole thing was an artistic construction but also a very artificial construction."
(Preceding quotes from director's commentary on The 4th Man DVD)
"The Fourth Man is a prequel, you would say, to Basic Instinct."
(Basic Instinct DVD - director's commentary)
"Do they get along well? I'm not sure. I do know that Jeroen (Aart Krabbe) and Verhoeven quarreled once over a risqué scene in the film De Vierde Man (The Fourth Man).
"What happened? The scene called for Jeroen's character to masturbate while spying on a couple making love. Verhoeven told Jeroen to take off his underpants but he refused. Verhoeven then proceeded to show him exactly what he was supposed to do. Infuriated, he told Verhoeven: 'I know what I have to do, I know the magic trick, but I am not performing it in front of the camera.'"
Opening sequence built on through a glass darkly
Three flies, three men
Changed reve ro accent mark dream in french
Writer of the book came out in the 60s making a lot of headway for gays in Holland. Only book not dedicated to virgin mary, superficial
Shot admiration for Hopper (?)
Mary key hithcock dali spellbound gun
Trouble with Renee because her part was vague
Added symbolism to script after looking at symbolic paintings of nineteenth century
During the filming of the movie, Paul and Renee by coincidence met the real Christine while they were at the bar of their hotel in Flushing.
The dog's chain really broke and went after Jeroen. Jeroen wouldn't do another take.
Verhoeven's dog is in the movie, as well as Spetters and Flesh and Blood.
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