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Born in 1938 in Berlin, German filmmaker Michael Verhoeven directed his first film, "The Dance of Death," in 1967 and runs a film production company with his wife, actress Senta Berger.
An important contributor to Germany's political cinema, Michael Verhoeven is best known for his film "The White Rose" from 1982, which deals with a students' resistance movement in Nazi Germany. His film "The Nasty Girl" (1990), nominated for an Oscar for best foreign language film, tells the story of a young girl researching the involvement of her town during the Third Reich. Verhoeven's anti-Vietnam-War film "o.k." (1970) competed in the 20th Berlin International Film Festival, but a scandal surrounding this work led the festival's jury to resign without awarding any prizes that year.
"Talking Germany" guest Senta Berger, born in Vienna, Austria, is that rare thing: a German-speaking world star. Now 71 years old, she made films in Hollywood in the 1960s. In the 1970s, she was one of the most familiar faces in European film. Since the '80s, she has been the queen of German television. She often has roles in films directed by her husband, Michael Verhoeven.