Michael Haneke

Michael Haneke – You can use your means…


“You can use your means in a good and bad way. In German-speaking art, we had such a bad experience with the Third Reich, when stories and images were used to tell lies. After the war, literature was careful not to do the same, which is why writers began to reflect on the stories they told and to make readers part of their texts. I do the same.”
-Michael Haneke

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Michael Haneke – Drama lives on conflict. If…


“Drama lives on conflict. If you’re trying to deal with social issues seriously, there’s no way of avoiding violence, which is so present in society.”
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Michael Haneke – It’s unbearable when someone changes…


“It’s unbearable when someone changes around you. Just imagine that your life partner changes, then it is difficult to cope with. Or your mother. Or your father. They were strong and now they’re like a baby – it’s not so funny.”
-Michael Haneke

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Michael Haneke – To me, it’s far more…


“To me, it’s far more efficient to mobilize the imagination. It’s far more efficient to hear a creaking step, for example, than to see the face of a monster, which usually looks ridiculous, and where you know that the blood is ketchup.”
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Michael Haneke – I’ve never let producers tell…


“I’ve never let producers tell me what to do. Even when I was making television, I always did what I wanted to do, and if I couldn’t, I didn’t do it. It was a freedom that, these days, young directors starting out don’t have.”
-Michael Haneke

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Michael Haneke – Films that are entertainments give…


“Films that are entertainments give simple answers but I think that’s ultimately more cynical, as it denies the viewer room to think. If there are more answers at the end, then surely it is a richer experience.”
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Michael Haneke – Of course, we avoid death…


“Of course, we avoid death. To know something is inevitable is one thing. To accept, to truly feel it… that’s different.”
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Michael Haneke – When I first envisioned ‘Funny…


“When I first envisioned ‘Funny Games’ in the mid-1990s, it was my intention to have an American audience watch the movie. It is a reaction to a certain American cinema, its violence, its naivety, the way American cinema toys with human beings. In many American films, violence is made consumable.”
-Michael Haneke

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Michael Haneke – Mainstream cinema raises questions only…


“Mainstream cinema raises questions only to immediately provide an answer to them, so they can send the spectator home reassured. If we actually had those answers, then society would appear very different from what it is.”
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Michael Haneke – People expect me to be…


“People expect me to be dark and gloomy, then write that I’m a jolly chap, and after all, that is what I am. I think it’s a case of an absolute romantic naivety that there should be a parallel between the work and the artist.”
-Michael Haneke

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