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By Peter Brunette

During this ebook, Peter Brunette analyzes the theatrical releases of Austrian movie director Michael Haneke, together with "The White Ribbon", winner of the 2009 Palme d'Or on the Cannes movie pageant. maybe most sensible identified for "Cache", "The Piano Teacher", and his remake of his personal traumatic "Funny Games", Haneke has continually challenged critics and picture audience to think about their very own accountability for what they watch once they search to be "merely" entertained by way of such studio-produced Hollywood thrillers. Brunette highlights Haneke's tremendous use of uncompromising visible and aural ideas to specific advanced topics. His most up-to-date motion pictures include what has turn into his hallmark: a second of violence or surprise that isn't meant to be exploitative, yet that however is going past the normal limitations of so much paintings cinema. Lauded for graphically revealing the robust effect of latest media on social behaviour, his movies supply a chilling critique of latest patron society. Brunette discusses Haneke's significant releases in English, French, and German, together with the movie that first introduced him to overseas awareness, Benny's Video. the 1st full-length examine of Haneke's paintings in any language, this booklet additionally comprises an interview with the director that explores his motivations and techniques.

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But at the same time, he wants to deny his own guilt, because he says, 'I didn't want to. ' The scene of the murder is filmed in such a way that it's left open. Even he seems to be surprised. Did he really want to do that? " When they arrive home, Benny opens the door and seems over­ whelmed by the artificial light and the harshly reflective surfaces all around him. Is this a response to his recent sojourn in the desert, where all was different, perhaps more organic and premodern? Mom is chipper again, though Dad seems extremely grave.

Like any good, optimistic bourgeois, he is filled with a kind of can-do, ultra-rational spirit, which-though he claims several times that he too is doubtful about what course they should take­ never considers ethical or moral issues and sees everything in practical, purely technical terms. In this way, it's similar to the Pentagon Papers that were leaked to the New York Times during the Vietnam War. " It's clear that Haneke is also offering a disguised but real critique of the kind of technocratic thinking that could eventuate in the unthinkable-the Holocaust, and, in more specific terms, Austria's ongoing refusal to confront its part in that immense tragedy.

Benny: 'What? I 36 M ichaei H a neke don't lmow. " Benny shrugs. Haneke tells Toubiana that something similar he read in the news­ paper originally led him to make the film . ' Only someone who is out of contact with reality could say that. One only learns about life and reality [nowadays] by means of the media, and you have the sense that you are missing something, that you lack the feeling of reality. When you see only images, even a documentary, you're always outside. And [these people were saying] I wanted at least one time to find out what it was like to be inside.

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