Michael Verhoeven

Michael Verhoeven (born 13 July 1938) is a German film director.

Michael Verhoeven
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Michael Verhoeven in 2009
Born (1938-07-13) 13 July 1938 (age 82)
Berlin, Germany
OccupationFilm director
Years active1967–present
(m. 1966)
Children2, including Simon Verhoeven
Parent(s)Paul Verhoeven

Life and workEdit

Verhoeven is the son of the German film director Paul Verhoeven (not to be confused with the Dutch film director Paul Verhoeven). He married actress Senta Berger in 1966; their sons are actor-director Simon Verhoeven (born 1972) and actor Luca Verhoeven (born 1979). Together, the couple have a production company to make films. The 1970 anti-Vietnam War film, o.k. was entered into the 20th Berlin International Film Festival, but led to a scandal that forced the collapse of the festival without the awarding of any prizes.[1]

In 1982, Verhoeven released Die weiße Rose (The White Rose), which, with the Best Foreign film nomination of Das schreckliche Mädchen (The Nasty Girl) in 1990, cemented his reputation as an important political contributor to German film. Along with his films Mutters Courage [de] (My Mother's Courage) and documentary Der unbekannte Soldat (The Unknown Soldier), they have been hailed as an unstinting examination of Germany's Nazi period. In 1992, he was a member of the jury at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival.[2]


Selected filmographyEdit




Documentary and short films

  • Tische (1970)
  • Bonbons (1971)
  • Coiffeur (1973)
  • Liebe Melanie (1983) – film about Melanie Horeschowsky
  • Das Mädchen und die Stadt oder: Wie es wirklich war (1990)
  • The Legend of Mrs. Goldman and the Almighty God (1996) – with George Tabori
  • George Tabori – Theater ist Leben (1998) – film about George Tabori
  • Der Fall Liebl (2001)
  • Die kleine Schwester – Die weiße Rose: Ein Vermächtnis (2002)
  • Der unbekannte Soldat (The Unknown Soldier, 2006)
  • Menschliches Versagen (Human Failure, 2008)
  • The Second Execution of Romell Broom (2012)




  1. ^ "Berlinale: 1970 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Berlinale: 1992 Juries". berlinale.de. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Berlinale: 1990 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  4. ^ Bayerischer Filmpreis – "Pierrot" Archived 25 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Ministerpräsident Stoiber verleiht Bayerischen Filmpreis 2006 Archived 9 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine, press release (in German)

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