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Too Much is Not Enough: Paul Verhoeven, Rene Girard and the Femme (Fe)tale
Journal of Contemporary Religion (2000)
  • Vaughan S Roberts
Abstract
The film director Paul Verhoeven has described his first box office success, RoboCop (1987) as a “Christian fairytale”. This paper explores some possible Christian themes in his next three films Total Recall (1990), Basic Instinct (1992), and Showgirls (1995). I argue that rather than merely being examples of the femme fatale these movies explore a number of social boundaries and narratives which also have parallels in Christianity – particularly the concepts of the Second Adam, Redemption and the Eucharist. In this respect, I have drawn on the work of René Girard and, to a lesser extent, Stephen D. Moore to illustrate how Verhoeven’s films link in with these theological motifs.
Keywords
  • Verhoevan,
  • Christianity,
  • Redemption,
  • Eucharist,
  • Rene Girard,
  • Stephen D. Moore
Publication Date
Spring May, 2000
Citation Information
Vaughan S Roberts. "Too Much is Not Enough: Paul Verhoeven, Rene Girard and the Femme (Fe)tale" Journal of Contemporary Religion Vol. 15 Iss. 2 (2000)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/vaughan_roberts/4/