For many filmgoers, Paul Verhoeven's career began with Robocop, Total Recall, and Basic Instinct. But Verhoeven's career began over two decades earlier and many thousand miles away from Hollywood--back in the country where he was born, Holland. Arguably his best movies come from this first half of his career. None of these films indicate Verhoeven had an interest in science fiction, which makes up the bulk of his American output (such as the aforementioned Robocop and Total Recall, as well as Starship Troopers and Hollow Man), but you will indeed find Verhoeven's characteristic preoccupation with explicitly portraying the private moments and sexual habits of his lead characters.
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