Friday, April 9, 2010


Director Paul Verhoeven (Robocop, Total Recall, Basic Instinct, Showgirls) has written a book called Jesus of Nazareth:

Building on the work of the great Biblical scholars of the twentieth century—Rudolf Bultman, Raymond Brown, Jane Schabert and Robert Funk, founder of the Jesus Seminars, among others—filmmaker Paul Verhoeven disrobes the mythical Jesus to reveal a man who is, after all, startlingly familiar to us, a man who has much in common with other great political leaders throughout history, human beings who believed that change was coming in their lifetimes.-source

Robocop itself is a "retelling" of the life of Jesus (apparently an obsession with Verhoeven):

I read a Los Angeles Times Calendar section interview with Verhoeven when Robo Cop first came out. He said the reason why he did the movie was because it was a retelling of the story of Jesus Christ. He said Jesus "is the greatest" story ever told. He went on to say that he had been a Pentecostal Christian. But had since left the faith, but remained interested in the Christ story. There are, hence, many Christ-like moments in the film.-Hollywood Jesus

Paul Verhoeven on Jesus of Nazareth

There are questions of personal identity that arise in Robocop that we can also see in L. Frank Baum's creation the Tin Woodman from the Oz books. How did he become a tin man? It happened because the wicked witch put a spell on his ax, so when he was chopping wood (his original name? Nick Chopper!) it sometimes chopped off a part of his body instead. The tinsmith would then make new replacement parts for him, until eventually he was all tin. So were Nick Chopper and the final Tin Woodman the same person?

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