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Michael Haneke

Michael Haneke

Peter Brunette
Copyright Date: 2010
Pages: 184
  • Book Info
    Michael Haneke
    Book Description:

    In this book, Peter Brunette analyzes the theatrical releases of Austrian film director Michael Haneke, including The White Ribbon, winner of the 2009 Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Perhaps best known to U.S. audiences for Cache, The Piano Teacher, and his remake of his own disturbing Funny Games, Haneke has consistently challenged critics and film viewers to consider their own responsibility for what they watch when they seek to be "merely" entertained by such studio-produced Hollywood thrillers. _x000B__x000B_Brunette highlights Haneke's brilliant use of uncompromising visual and aural techniques to express complex themes. His most recent films contain what has become his hallmark: a moment of violence or shock that is not intended to be exploitative, but that nevertheless goes beyond the conventional boundaries of most art cinema. Lauded for graphically revealing the powerful influence of contemporary media on social behavior, his films offer a chilling critique of contemporary consumer society. Brunette discusses Haneke's major releases in English, French, and German, including the film that first brought him to international attention, Benny's Video. The first full-length study of Haneke's work in any language, this book also includes an interview with the director that explores his motivations and methods._x000B_

    eISBN: 978-0-252-09066-0
    Subjects: Film Studies

Table of Contents

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-viii)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. ix-x)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xi-xiv)
  4. Violence, Representation, Responsibility: The Films of Michael Haneke
    (pp. 1-138)

    Michael Haneke burst out of the festival ghetto onto the international art-house scene in 2005 with his challenging and (to some) distressingly open-ended French-language filmCaché(Hidden), and he solidified his position as a major contemporary auteur by winning the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009. He is a provocative figure who likes to disturb people, most notably his audiences.

    The overarching themes that unite Haneke’s films are not especially novel: the alienation from self and others that contemporary society routinely produces, the attendant loss of our common humanity (what he has called “our social and psychological...

  5. Interviews with Michael Haneke
    (pp. 139-156)

    Interview by Michel Cieutat, translated from the French by Peter Brunette. (Originally appeared inPositif478 [December 2000]: 25–29.) Interview conducted at Cannes, May 20, 2000; translated from the German by Robert Gray.

    Michel cieutat: [Code Unknown] is the second time, after 71Fragments of a Chronology of Chance, that you’ve opted for a story based on a structured fragmentation. You seem very interested in this narrative mode.

    Michael haneke: For me, it’s not an interest but rather a necessity because the cinema of distraction [Haneke’s term for Hollywood or any non-art film] claims that we can show reality...

  6. Filmography
    (pp. 157-162)
  7. Bibliography
    (pp. 163-166)
  8. Index
    (pp. 167-168)
  9. Back Matter
    (pp. 169-170)