Turkish Delight (1973)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Erotic Drama, Psychological Drama  |   Run Time - 107 min.  |   Countries - Netherlands  |  
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This early exercise in excess from Paul Verhoeven includes realistic depictions of, in no particular order: murder, sex, solo sex, bondage, gore, vomit (a pivotal plot point), feces, and full-frontal male and female nudity. Obviously, Turkish Delight is not for all tastes, but the adventurous cinema lover will gut it out to see the origins of the distinctive styles of Verhoeven and his cinematographer Jan de Bont (who later directed Speed and Twister). Rutger Hauer and the other principals are entirely believable in their roles, which makes the vulgarity even more difficult to stomach. Actually, after the first shocking ten minutes, the film is fitfully funny, but perversely, darkly so. Keeping up with the director's cagey time-shifting will engage the mind while the visuals arouse the senses.