Listen To MUBI Podcast Episode 1 – Paul Verhoeven’s Turkish Delight (1973)


The MUBI Podcast launches today, 3rd June, with new episodes releasing every Thursday through 8TH July. Hosted by arts and travel reporter Rico Gagliano, the MUBI Podcast is a documentary-style show available on all major podcast platforms and on MUBI’s online publication Notebook. Season one, titled “Lost in Translation,” will focus on films that were massive cultural phenomena in their home countries, but never gained traction elsewhere, exploring why these films captivated so many people in one place, at one moment in time. Listen to the trailer and subscribe to the podcast here.

The MUBI Podcast covers nearly every continent with each of its six episodes exploring a different film and country, providing a window into cinema cultures around the world. The unique stories behind the films will be brought to life with movie clips, music, and original interviews with filmmakers, critics, academics, and historians.

The debut episode takes us to The Netherlands and Paul Verhoeven‘s Turkish Delight.  The 1973 film was the filmmaker’s second feature, one of his lesser known films. It’s  a film considered one of the best when it comes Dutch cinema…

Episode 1: Turkish Delight, The Netherlands (available now)

Season 1 begins with a look at Paul Verhoeven’s second feature Turkish Delight (1973). While one of Verhoeven’s lesser known films to international audiences, it remains the most well-attended domestic film in the history of the Netherlands and was named the greatest Dutch film of the 20th century by the Netherlands Film Festival. The episode covers the film’s unique significance during the counterculture movement in 1970s Holland and features exclusive interviews with Paul Verhoeven, Monique van de Ven, and Jan de Bont, amongst others.

With Verhoeven’s latest film, Benedetta, having its world premiere at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, now is a perfect time to revisit the film that launched the legendary director’s career. MUBI also recently announced that it has acquired all rights to Benedetta in the UK and Ireland and will be releasing it in cinemas.