The Michael Haneke Collection (The Piano Teacher/Funny Games/Code Unknown/The Castle/Bennys Video/The Seventh Continent/71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance) (7pc)
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THE CASTLE - Michael Haneke s film of Franz Kafka s The Castle pairs one of the most influential voices in 20th century literature with one of the most visionary filmmakers of the new millennium. A film as complex, vivid, and intriguing (New York Times) as Orson Welles The Trial, The Castle is both an ingenious, perversely faithful interpretation of the master of alienation s novel. A land surveyor identified simply as K is summoned to a remote mountain village by the local government, known as (and housed in) the castle. Unable to convince underlings of the legitimacy of his position, he tries to take his case to castle officials. THE PIANO TEACHER - Winner of three major awards at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, the film features a tour-de-force performance by Isabelle Huppert as Erika Kohut, a sexually repressed music professor who becomes obsessed with one of her young students (Benoit Magimel). One of the most shocking portaits of sadomasochism in film history. FUNNY GAMES - The summer home of a vacationing couple and their son is infiltrated by a seemingly urbane pair of men who proceed to hold the family hostage and initiate a series of violent and diabolically sadistic games. In his characteristic style, director Haneke leaves most of the bloodshed to the viewer s unbounded imagination, making this film a more harrowing experience than any splatter film. CODE UNKNOWN - On a bustling Paris street corner, four separate lives intersect, setting in motion a stunning film by acclaimed filmmaker Michael Haneke (The Piano Teacher, Funny Games). Interweaving the stories of an actress (Juliette Binoche), her journalist boyfriend and an illegal immigrant, the film crafts a compelling portrait of life in a fractured, lonely world. BENNY S VIDEO - The bored 14 year old son of an affluent Viennese family escapes from his mundane life into the titillating solitude of his video-equipped bedroom, where he re-lives a number of shockingly violent acts on playback. Without lapsing into didacticism or waiving his own complicity, Haneke makes one of the cinema s most powerful investigations into the nature of our mediated world and the seemingly insatiable human appetite for bloody spectacle. THE SEVENTH CONTINENT - With no explanation, young Eva Schober pretends to lose her eyesight and soon after, her blasé middle class Austrian family begins to unravel. In Haneke s feature film debut, all of the acclaimed director s signature elements are already visible: an unflinching eye towards modern alienation in the mode of Bresson and Antonioni; a challenging, elliptical narrative style; and an unsettlingly anti-psychological approach into the darkest hallways of human behavior. 71 FRAGMENTS OF A CHRONOLOGY OF CHANCE - Following a savage Christmas Eve killing spree by a university student, a series of disjointed vignettes leading up to the massacre unfold like a puzzle one which leaves many questions unanswered even when completed.
Haneke is perhaps the most important European filmmaker currently active. --Robin Wood, ART FORUM
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Released by Kino International in 2007
So the first Haneke film I watched was The White Ribbon. I found the film to be superbly nuanced and worth ciphering through to understand what Haneke was trying to convey to the audience. Of course when I viewed that film I had a nice quality copy of the film to watch it. With this compilation the quality undoubtedly varies, at least with the package I got. The First Four Films are all fine in quality: The Seventh Continent, Benny's Video, 71 Fragments, Funny Games. It's when you get to the end of the film collection the quality noticeably worsens. The Castle, Code Unknown, and The Piano Teacher all looked like somebody pirated them and put them on discs. Even with an upconverting player the quality is distracting; an obvious negative tally.
All in All it's a mixed bag for video quality which is a shame for a convenient package.
I await for a Blu-Ray Compilation and hope Kino pays more attention to quality when the time comes around.
Haneke's brilliance and orginality are overwhelming. I especially like the way his movies are not your typical Hollywood neatly wrapped up endings. He forces moviegoers to do something rare: analyze, interpret and think!
So happy I bought this set.
Until a few months ago, I had only seen Funny Games, the American version. After having been captivated by White Ribbon, I have decided to see as many of his movies as I can. They all have a unique message and meaning.
One of the most impressive directors in our time!
If you are one of the misled snobs who think Haneke's films are "art" or he's one of the most important directors like one of the reviewers below, get a clue.
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