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Michael Haneke: #5 - The Time of the Wolf

Michael Haneke: #5 – The Time of the Wolf

Michael Haneke’s fascination with the human condition has been the nucleus of a two-decade long film-directing career. His very reputation as a social commentator of the bleak and brutal aspects of life is built upon the consistency of his method and his genre. Other than perhaps, Funny Games, a critique...
Michael Haneke: #4 - The Seventh Continent

Michael Haneke: #4 – The Seventh Continent

We’ve come to a point in our study of the films of Michael Haneke where themes can be spotted and a lineage can be formed. The very reason I chose to explore Haneke’s films in a non-sequential order was to create a mystery of Haneke’s progression as a film-maker. Luckily...
Michael Haneke: #3 - Funny Games

Michael Haneke: #3 – Funny Games

Haneke is never too far from the perverse. Yet, while his films often shock and disturb his audience, this is rarely his aim. Haneke’s cinematic CV asks his audience to step back and reflect on the experiences of his characters as if they were their own. However, Funny Games is something...
Michael Haneke: #2 - Hidden

Michael Haneke: #2 – Hidden

The pejorative effect of a generation’s actions, if left unresolved can prevail over the next until their demon is ousted through confession. Michael Haneke tells the story of the disunion of two children that spreads deep into adulthood and into the consciousness of their children. Georges, at the age of...
Michael Haneke: #1 - The Piano Teacher

Michael Haneke: #1 – The Piano Teacher

If one closes one’s eyes an imprint of the previous image perceived can be viewed on the black of one’s eyelids. We have no control over the image, it is a static, ever-diminishing light bereft of colour and piquancy. This is the latent world that Haneke traps the piano teacher...