The Cinema of Michael Haneke: Europe Utopia

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Ben McCann, David Sorfa
Columbia University Press, Mar 27, 2012 - Performing Arts - 256 pages
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Michael Haneke is one of the most important directors working in Europe today, with films such as Funny Games (1997), Code Unknown (2000), and Hidden (2005) interrogating modern ethical dilemmas with forensic clarity and merciless insight. Haneke's films frequently implicate both the protagonists and the audience in the making of their misfortunes, yet even in the barren nihilism of The Seventh Continent (1989) and Time of the Wolf (2003) a dark strain of optimism emerges, releasing each from its terrible and inescapable guilt. It is this contingent and unlikely possibility that we find in Haneke's cinema: a utopian Europe. This collection celebrates, explicates, and sometimes challenges the worldview of Haneke's films. It examines the director's central themes and preoccupations--bourgeois alienation, modes and critiques of spectatorship, the role of the media--and analyzes otherwise marginalized aspects of his work, such as the function of performance and stardom, early Austrian television productions, the romanticism of The Piano Teacher (2001), and the 2007 shot-for-shot remake of Funny Games.
 

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Contents

Introduction by Ben McCann and David Sorfa
1
Michael Haneke and Home Audiences
10
2 Acting Performance and the Bressonian Impulse in Hanekes Films
24
Suicide as Authentic Act in the Films of Michael Haneke
38
The Virtual in Michael Hanekes Films
49
5 Michael Haneke and the Politics of Film Form
65
SPACE
83
Existential Space in Hanekes FrenchLanguage Films
85
Funny Games and the Spectacle of Pain
163
Repetition in Funny Games 1997 2007
172
15 From Culture to Torture Music and Violence in Funny Games and The Piano Teacher
179
THE PIANO TEACHER
193
Michael Henekes Reception of Romanticism in The Piano Teacher
195
17 Two Meanings of Masochism in the Language of the Art Critic
206
HIDDEN
223
18 Subject to Memory? Thinking after Hidden
225

Travel as Symptom and Antidote in Michael Haneke
94
The City and Hospitality in Hanekes Code Unknown
105
UNSEEN HANEKE
115
Austrian Literature on Austrian Television
117
Michael Hanekes Film Adaptation of Kafkas Das Schloff
129
GLACIATION
139
The Construction of Bourgeois Space in The Seventh Continent
141
Bennys Video in the Course of Theory and Time
151
FUNNY GAMES
162
The Case of Michael Hanekes Hidden
237
Hidden and the Spectator
247
THE WHITE RIBBON
257
21 The White Ribbon in Michael Hanekes Cinema
259
Filmography
265
Bibliography
273
Index
285
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Ben McCann is lecturer in French studies at the University of Adelaide.

David Sorfa is senior lecturer in film studies at Liverpool John Moores University and managing editor of the journal, Film-Philosophy.

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