Michael Verhoeven

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

Michael Verhoeven
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Michael Verhoeven in 2009
Born13 July 1938 (age 80)
Berlin, Germany
OccupationFilm director
Years active1967–present
Senta Berger
(m. 1966)
Children2, including Simon Verhoeven
Parent(s)Paul Verhoeven

Life and work

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 (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 filmography

As actor
As director and writer
As producer


  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 2009-03-25 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Ministerpräsident Stoiber verleiht Bayerischen Filmpreis 2006 Archived 2012-02-09 at the Wayback Machine, press release (in German)

External links

Media related to Michael Verhoeven at Wikimedia Commons

40th Berlin International Film Festival

The 40th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 9 to 20 February 1990. The festival opened with Steel Magnolias by Herbert Ross, which was shown out of competition. The Golden Bear was awarded to the American film Music Box directed by Costa-Gavras and Czech film Skřivánci na niti directed by Jiří Menzel.


Berlin (; German pronunciation: [bɛɐ̯ˈliːn] (listen)) is the capital and largest city of Germany by both area and population. Its 3,748,148 (2018) inhabitants make it the second most populous city proper of the European Union after London. The city is one of Germany's 16 federal states. It is surrounded by the state of Brandenburg, and contiguous with its capital, Potsdam. The two cities are at the center of the Berlin-Brandenburg capital region, which is, with about six million inhabitants and an area of more than 30,000 km², Germany's third-largest metropolitan region after the Rhine-Ruhr and Rhine-Main regions.

Berlin straddles the banks of the River Spree, which flows into the River Havel (a tributary of the River Elbe) in the western borough of Spandau. Among the city's main topographical features are the many lakes in the western and southeastern boroughs formed by the Spree, Havel, and Dahme rivers (the largest of which is Lake Müggelsee). Due to its location in the European Plain, Berlin is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate. About one-third of the city's area is composed of forests, parks, gardens, rivers, canals and lakes. The city lies in the Central German dialect area, the Berlin dialect being a variant of the Lusatian-New Marchian dialects.

First documented in the 13th century and situated at the crossing of two important historic trade routes, Berlin became the capital of the Margraviate of Brandenburg (1417–1701), the Kingdom of Prussia (1701–1918), the German Empire (1871–1918), the Weimar Republic (1919–1933), and the Third Reich (1933–1945). Berlin in the 1920s was the third largest municipality in the world. After World War II and its subsequent occupation by the victorious countries, the city was divided; West Berlin became a de facto West German exclave, surrounded by the Berlin Wall (1961–1989) and East German territory. East Berlin was declared capital of East Germany, while Bonn became the West German capital. Following German reunification in 1990, Berlin once again became the capital of all of Germany.

Berlin is a world city of culture, politics, media and science. Its economy is based on high-tech firms and the service sector, encompassing a diverse range of creative industries, research facilities, media corporations and convention venues. Berlin serves as a continental hub for air and rail traffic and has a highly complex public transportation network. The metropolis is a popular tourist destination. Significant industries also include IT, pharmaceuticals, biomedical engineering, clean tech, biotechnology, construction and electronics.

Berlin is home to world-renowned universities, orchestras, museums, and entertainment venues, and is host to many sporting events. Its Zoological Garden is the most visited zoo in Europe and one of the most popular worldwide. With the world's oldest large-scale movie studio complex, Berlin is an increasingly popular location for international film productions. The city is well known for its festivals, diverse architecture, nightlife, contemporary arts and a very high quality of living. Since the 2000s Berlin has seen the emergence of a cosmopolitan entrepreneurial scene.

Die Weiße Rose (film)

Die Weiße Rose (The White Rose) is a 1982 CCC Film production about the White Rose resistance to the Nazis led by university students in Munich in 1942–1943 whose members were caught and executed in February 1943, shortly after the German capitulation at Stalingrad. The film predates Sophie Scholl: The Final Days by two decades.

He Who Loves in a Glass House

He Who Loves in a Glass House (German: Wer im Glashaus liebt... der Graben) is a 1971 West German film directed by Michael Verhoeven. It was entered into the 21st Berlin International Film Festival.

Nasty Girl

Nasty Girl may refer to:

The Nasty Girl, a 1990 film directed by Michael Verhoeven

"Nasty Girl" (Vanity 6 song), 1982 written by Prince, later re-released by Inaya Day

"Nasty Girl" (Destiny's Child song), 2000

"Nasty Girl" (Nitty song), March 2005

"Nasty Girl" (The Notorious B.I.G. song), October 2005

"Nasty Girl" (Sterling Simms song), 2007

"Nasty Girl" (Ludacris song), 2009

"U a Freak (Nasty Girl)", 2006 Chingy song

A nickname for the Army National Guard

O.k. (film)

o.k. is a 1970 West German anti-war film directed by Michael Verhoeven. It was chosen as West Germany's official submission to the 43rd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, but did not manage to receive a nomination. The film was also entered into the 20th Berlin International Film Festival. However, the competition was cancelled and no prizes were awarded, over controversy surrounding the film.

Paul Verhoeven (German director)

Paul Verhoeven ((1901-06-23)23 June 1901 – 22 March 1975(1975-03-22) (aged 73) was a German actor, and film and theatre director.

Born in the town of Unna, Westphalia, he had 13 siblings and the family lived in modest circumstances.

He directed and acted in over 50 films, and wrote over 20 film scripts, the first of which was Das kleine Hofkonzert in 1935, an operetta with music by Edmund Nick based on a comedy by Verhoeven and Toni Impekoven.

From 1945 to 1948 he was artistic director at the Residenz Theatre/Staatsschauspiel in Munich.

Verhoeven was married to the actress Doris Kiesow, with whom he had three children: Lis Verhoeven, who became an actress and was the first wife of Mario Adorf; Michael Verhoeven, who became a film director and married Senta Berger; and Monika Verhoeven.

By his relationship with the actress Edith Schultze-Westrum he had a son, Thomas Schultze-Westrum, who became a zoologist and maker of animal documentaries.

Verhoeven died on stage in 1975 while he was delivering the eulogy for the recently deceased actress Therese Giehse at the Munich Kammerspiele. He was buried in the Munich Waldfriedhof next to his wife.

Senta Berger

Senta Berger (German pronunciation: [ˈzɛnta ˈbɛʁɡɐ] (listen); born 13 May 1941) is an Austrian film, stage and television actress, producer and author. She received many award nominations for her acting in theatre, film and television; her awards include three Bambi Awards, two Romys, an Adolf Grimme Award, both a Deutscher and a Bayerischer Fernsehpreis, and a Goldene Kamera.

Silver Bear for Best Director

The Silver Bear for Best Director is the Berlin International Film Festival's award for best achievement in direction.

Simon Verhoeven

Simon Verhoeven (born 20 June 1972) is a German actor, screenwriter, and film director. He is the son of actress Senta Berger and film director Michael Verhoeven. His filmography as an actor includes Bride of the Wind (2001) and The Sinking of the Laconia (2010).

Student of the Bedroom

Student of the Bedroom (German: Der Bettenstudent oder Was mach' ich mit den Mädchen?) is a 1970 West German comedy film directed by Michael Verhoeven and starring Christof Wackernagel, Gila von Weitershausen and Hannelore Elsner.

The Dance of Death (1967 film)

The Dance of Death (German: Paarungen) is a 1967 West German drama film directed by Michael Verhoeven and starring Lilli Palmer, Paul Verhoeven and Karl Michael Vogler. It is an adaptation of August Strindberg's play of the same title. It was shot in Eastmancolor.

The Nasty Girl

The Nasty Girl (German: Das schreckliche Mädchen) is a 1990 West German drama film based on the true story of Anna Rosmus. The original German title loosely translates as "The Terrible Girl."

The film was selected as the German entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 63rd Academy Awards.

Up the Establishment

Up the Establishment (German: Engelchen macht weiter – hoppe, hoppe Reiter) is a 1969 West German comedy film directed by Michael Verhoeven and starring Mario Adorf, Gila von Weitershausen and Ulli Koch.


Verhoeven is a toponymic surname of Dutch origin. The name is a contraction of van der Hoeven, meaning "from the homestead". In 2007, Verhoeven was the 44th most common name in the Netherlands (15,902 people). People with this surname include:

Abraham Verhoeven (1575–1652), Flemish newspaper publisher

Arthur Verhoeven (1889–1958), Belgian composer and organist

Aurore Verhoeven (born 1990), French cyclist

Cornelis Verhoeven (1928–2001), Dutch philosopher and writer

Deb Verhoeven, Australian media academic and film critic

Helen Verhoeven (born 1974), Dutch painter and sculptor

Frans Verhoeven (born 1966), Dutch motocross racer

Jeroen Verhoeven (born 1980), Dutch football player

John Verhoeven (fl. 1920), Belgian cyclist

John Verhoeven (born 1953), American baseball pitcher

Jorg Verhoeven (born 1985), Dutch sports climber

Julie Verhoeven (born 1969), British illustrator and designer

Kees Verhoeven (born 1976), Dutch politician and geographer

Lis Verhoeven (born 1931), German actress and theatre director, sister of Michael

Michael Verhoeven (born 1938), German film director, brother of Lis

Nico Verhoeven (born 1961), Dutch cyclist

Paul Verhoeven (1901–1975), German actor and filmmaker, father of Lis and Michael Verhoeven

Paul Verhoeven (born 1938), Dutch film director (no relation to German film family)

Paul Verhoeven (born 1983), Australian radio and television personality

Paula Verhoeven, Indonesian model

Peter Verhoeven (born 1959), American basketball player

Renate Verhoeven (born 1995), Dutch footballer

Rico Verhoeven (born 1989), Dutch kickboxer

Simon Verhoeven (born 1972), German actor, screenwriter and film director, son of Michael

Theodor Verhoeven (1907–1990), Dutch Catholic priest, missionary and amateur archaeologist

Willem Verhoeven (1738–1809), Flemish poet and playwright

Yves Verhoeven (born 1961), French actorFictional personCamille Verhœven, protagonist of a detective trilogy

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