Monday, 26 March 2012

Violence in the Films of Michael Haneke

Film violence is one of the most highly contested issues in cinema. The problem of what can or should be depicted onscreen, and how explicit it can be, is the source of dispute among filmmakers, censors, critics, and viewers alike. Often the most insightful thought comes from filmmakers who are able to articulate their views through film itself. As director and critic Jacques Rivette wrote, “The only true criticism of a film is another film” (Cahier 84, 1958). For Austrian director Michael Haneke, violence and ideas surrounding its cinematic depiction are crucial.

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Violence in the Films of Michael Haneke at Subtitled Online

Above is an article I wrote for Subtitled Online, a great website with the aim of getting more English speakers to fall in love with foreign film (let's be honest, we really don't make enough of an effort). I've always been really interested in the concept of screen violence and the effect it has on both film and viewer; Austrian director Michael Haneke is also preoccupied with this theme, so I wrote an article looking at the way he depicts and analyses violence in his films.

Also, the final count for The Hunger Games opening weekend was $155 million, making it the third highest opening of all time, beaten only by The Dark Knight at $158.4 million and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 at $169.2 million)

Three reasons why The Hunger Games has gone stellar

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