Thomas Elsaesser on Michael Haneke

“Thinking about Michael Haneke has been a learning curve for me.” So says film professor Thomas Elsaesser as he comments on the contradictory emotions that the controversial director provokes in his films. This engaging lecture begins with Elsaesser’s initial doubts about Haneke’s work and how these doubts were eventually placed upon himself as spectator. What follows is an enlightening and extensive commentary on the nature of Haneke’s work and the many admirers, and detractors, he has gathered throughout his career. Drawing comparisons between Haneke and some of the great auteurs of modern cinema, including Rossellini, Bergman and Bunuel, Elsaesser confidently argues that Haneke latest works have elevated him to the forefront of European auteur cinema.


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