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WEEKENDER / Entertainment

November 16, 2012

‘Black Book has sex, violence, plus history

ROBERT LEBZELTER / VIDEO VIPER

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What’s worse, she watches from the water as the Nazis pull the corpses off the boat, strip clothing and take all of the valuables.

She is rescued by a resistance group, headed by Gerben Kuipers (Derek de Lint). They are getting a shipment of weapons in a vegetable truck. Except the truck crashes while trying to avoid a bunch of starving children. The resistance members in the truck are caught, including Kuipers’ son.

Rachel has met a Nazi leader who actually tries to save lives and is more interested in stamps than world conquest. He is Ludwig Muntze, played by Sebastian Koch.

Kuipers wants her to become friendlier with Muntze as part of an effort to save his son and the others.

She agrees and takes a bunch of stamps to Muntze.

He likes her, they sleep together and she gets to decorate for Hitler’s birthday party. What could be better?

And there tickling the ivories and singing is a jovial Nazi who just happened to the sadistic bastard who ordered the murder of her family on the boat.

You never know who the characters really are. There are many surprises in this engrossing narrative.

Who are the good guys and who are bad is never really clear.

Besides the bloody shooting scenes, you will find ample visions of dead bodies, decaying bodies being dug up and plenty of nudity.

It is really a film worth checking out. You care about the people in the backdrop of the gore, sex and history.

More video reviews at videoviper.blogspot.com.

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