Tag Archives: Michael Haneke

Why Are We Creative: The Centipede’s Dilemma

German filmmaker Hermann Vaske spent 30 years working on various projects, but always returned to the fundamental question asked in the title of this documentary. As he meets one celebrity after the other while traveling all over Europe and the U.S., these undeniably creative people are sometimes startled to be asked that question and try … Continue reading Why Are We Creative: The Centipede’s Dilemma

Trespassing Bergman

Edited together (with partly new material) from a documentary series, this film examines (in chronological order) the career and films of Ingmar Bergman through the eyes of numerous prominent filmmakers and actors who have been more or less touched by the Master’s work. Some of them also visit the stark island in Sweden where Bergman … Continue reading Trespassing Bergman

Amour: In Sickness and in Health

Welcome to the ever-fascinating journey of the cinema of Michael Haneke. When I started writing this review I began by comparing the film with others that Haneke had made… and I got the feeling that this is exactly what I did when I reviewed Caché and The White Ribbon. Somehow I can’t escape my own … Continue reading Amour: In Sickness and in Health

The White Ribbon: Reap What You Sow

I have a conflicted relationship with director Michael Haneke. The first film I saw was Funny Games (1997), which I found somewhat pointless. The second one was The Piano Teacher (2001), which was better, but still threw a lot of misery at you without offering some sort of satisfying conclusion. But then things changed. Caché (2005) was a revelation, a film … Continue reading The White Ribbon: Reap What You Sow