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Film, "Amour": The Letting Go

"Amour": The Letting Go

There are two things that are certain in life. One is that death will come for every one of us. The other is that every film Michael Haneke makes will have a fair shot at the Cannes Palme d'Or. Amour,…
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Film, "Compliance": Viewer, You Are Implicated

"Compliance": Viewer, You Are Implicated

After its Sundance premiere, Compliance might be known as the film that inspired a woman to cry out "Rape is not entertainment!" However, writer/director Craig Zobel is not Daniel Tosh. Judging from the film itself, which keeps its final sexual…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>The White Ribbon</i>

The White Ribbon

The White Ribbon is Michael Haneke's first German-language film since the original Funny Games (1997) and it's his best ever. A period piece set on the eve of World War I in an echt Protestant, still-feudal village somewhere in the…
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Film, History repeats: Certainty at the end of <i>The White Ribbon</i>'s unsolved mystery &#151; and a sure hand behind it

History repeats: Certainty at the end of The White Ribbon's unsolved mystery — and a sure hand behind it

The White Ribbon is Michael Haneke's first German-language film since the original Funny Games (1997) and, addressing what used to be called "the German problem" while dodging the filmmaker's own likeability issues, it's his best ever. A period piece set…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sing Out

Sing Out

The White Ribbon is Michael Haneke’s first German-language film since the original Funny Games (1997) and it’s his best ever. A period piece set on the eve of World War I in an echt Protestant, still-feudal village somewhere in the…
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Calendar, Night&Day No Haneke-Panky

No Haneke-Panky

While the provincial Austrian town of Neustadt sleeps through another colorless night at the end of the '50s, a faceless vandal smashes the windows and mirrors of a line of parked cars and rips off the hood ornaments. The wordless…
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Film, Director Michael Haneke Makes Us Feel Guilty For Watching <i>Funny</i> <i>Games</i>

Director Michael Haneke Makes Us Feel Guilty For Watching Funny Games

For the crime of obliterating high culture, for the crime of getting off on vicarious degradation — and, above all, for the crime of sitting through any movie that resembles the one he has (re)made — Michael Haneke sentences you…
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Film, He'll Be Your Mirror

He'll Be Your Mirror

To the uninitiated viewer, Austrian director Michael Haneke might best be described as the modern cinema's master of the unkind rewind. In the opening scene of his second theatrical feature, Benny's Video (1992), we see crude camcorder footage of a…
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Home Entertainment, What Else Is New?

Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week:

Broken English (Magnolia) The Ex (Weinstein) Exorcism: Special Edition (BCI) The Far Side of Jericho (First Look) The Films of Michael Haneke (Kino) House of Games: The Criterion Collection (Criterion) House: Season Three (Universal) JAG: The Fourth Season (Paramount) Man…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish This Time It's Serious

This Time It's Serious

Winter Passing (Fox) Try this, should you be inclined to rent this downer from writer-director Adam Rapp: Skip from chapter to chapter and see whether they all don't begin with exactly the same image, accompanied by exactly the same sound.…
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Film, Hello, Oblivion

Hello, Oblivion

Consider a world in which morality and legality have been replaced by frontier-style justice and freakish despotism. In which dwindling resources and a diseased environment summon the most callow and petty aspects of human nature. In which confused urbanites join…
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Film, Porn to Lose

Porn to Lose

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the French film The Piano Teacher, aside from Isabelle Huppert's unnerving and masterful performance, is the totally nonexploitative manner in which the story is presented. A tale of sadomasochism and self-destruction, the film easily…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

A Tale of Springtime It's a long way from being settled, but the folks who run the S.F. International Film Festival are mulling a calendar switch. "My first instinct, knowing nothing, was, "Let's move to the fall,'" confides new Executive…
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Film, Sacr&eacute; bleu!

Sacré bleu!

Sobering news, friends: The war between the sexes has reached the land that invented romance (or at least the cinematic myth of it). French films have always provided genteel tips for seduction and lovemaking, and pointers for meeting partners as…
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