Renowned filmmaker Verhoeven, famous for ‘The White Rose,’ sadly passes away

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German filmmaker Verhoeven, known for 'The White Rose,' dies

German filmmaker Michael Verhoeven, best-known internationally for directing the 1982 film "The White Rose" and the 1990 film "The Nasty Girl," has died, reported dpa. He was 85 years old.

Verhoeven died on Monday after a short, serious illness, according to his family, who confirmed his death to dpa on Friday.

"A world has been lost. It is unimaginably painful," said his son, director and screenwriter Simon Verhoeven.

Michael Verhoeven dealt intensively with Germany's Nazi past in his work. "The White Rose" portrays a real-life anti-Nazi resistance group in Munich that included the siblings Sophie and Hans Scholl.

His film "The Nasty Girl," which was nominated for an Oscar, follows the upheavals in a small West German town after a local woman's research project begins to uncover the shameful involvement of most of the town's leading families in the Nazi regime.

In Germany, he was also known for popular entertainment programmes such as the 1989 television series "Die schnelle Gerdi" ("Fast Gerdi") which starred his wife, the well-known German-Austrian actress Senta Berger, as a Munich cab driver.

In 2016, he co-produced the successful comedy "Welcome to Germany," which was directed by his son Simon. His younger son, Luca, is also active in the film industry.

Verhoeven was born on July 13, 1938, in Berlin, the son of actress Doris Kiesow and director and actor Paul Verhoeven. The family later moved to Munich.

He gained his first experience as an actor in small theatre plays, then in the 1950s in films such as "The Flying Classroom" and "The Crammer."

Verhoeven and Berger most recently lived in the Munich suburb of Grünwald.

He is due to be buried on Friday in a small private service.


  1. AnnaMiller says

    Such a loss in the film industry. Michael Verhoeven’s work truly delved into the complexities of Germany’s history, especially its Nazi past. His films like “The White Rose” and “The Nasty Girl” will continue to leave a lasting impact on cinema.

  2. EmilyReelz says

    I’m deeply saddened by the news of Michael Verhoeven’s passing. His films like “The White Rose” and “The Nasty Girl” shed light on important historical events, and his contributions to German cinema will be remembered for generations to come. Rest in peace, Mr. Verhoeven.

  3. EmilySmith says

    I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Michael Verhoeven. He left a remarkable legacy in the film industry, especially with his impactful work that shed light on Germany’s history. Rest in peace.

  4. AnnaM85 says

    So sad to hear about Michael Verhoeven’s passing. He was a talented filmmaker who explored important historical themes in his work. His films shed light on Germany’s past and the impact of the Nazi regime. He will be dearly missed.

  5. EmmaScholar92 says

    Such devastating news! Michael Verhoeven was a master storyteller who fearlessly confronted Germany’s past in his films. His work will continue to inspire generations to come.

  6. Julia1985 says

    I am deeply saddened by the news of Michael Verhoeven’s passing. His films were not only entertaining but also thought-provoking, shedding light on important historical events. He will be greatly missed in the film industry.

  7. Michaela81 says

    Such sad news about Michael Verhoeven. His work truly made a mark on the film industry. Rest in peace.

  8. EmilySmith says

    Such a loss for the film industry. Verhoeven’s work truly left a lasting impact on addressing important historical events like Germany’s Nazi past. Rest in peace.

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