At first blush, it’s hard to believe the same director responsible for the ultraviolent action masterpiece RoboCop and the blockbuster thriller Basic Instinct is also responsible for Elle, the new film starring the great Isabelle Huppert as a video-game designer who has a surprising and complex response after she is raped by a home invader. But all of his provocative films are of a piece: wry, satirical, and knowing takes on culture, movies, and personal fantasy.

The Film Society will revisit the work of Paul Verhoeven in Total Verhoeven, a complete retrospective of the filmmaker’s work on November 9–23. Learn more here.