Michael Haneke

Michael Haneke

by Peter Brunette
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0252077172

ISBN-13: 9780252077173

Pub. Date: 02/15/2010

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

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 Caché, The Piano Teacher, and his remake of his own disturbing Funny Games, Haneke has consistently

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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 Caché, 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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252077173
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
02/15/2010
Series:
Contemporary Film Directors Series
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments....................xi
VIOLENCE, REPRESENTATION, RESPONSIBILITY: THE FILMS OF MICHAEL HANEKE....................1
Introduction....................1
The Seventh Continent....................10
Benny's Video....................22
71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance....................39
Funny Games....................51
Code Unknown....................71
The Piano Teacher....................88
Time of the Wolf....................103
Caché....................113
The White Ribbon....................130
INTERVIEWS WITH MICHAEL HANEKE....................139
Filmography....................157
Bibliography....................163
Index....................167

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