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Michael Haneke: The Intermedial Void.


Michael Haneke: The Intermedial Void

Christopher Rowe

Northwestern University Press


262 pages



This study explores the films of Michael Haneke, including Funny Games, Cache, Der siebente Kontinent, BennyAEs Video, 71 Fragmente einer Chronologie des Zufalls, Code inconnu, Das Schloss, and La pianiste, to illustrate how the concept of intermediality can integrate film and media studies. The author argues that HanekeAEs practice of introducing nonfilmic media into his films, such as video, television, photography, literary voice, recorded sound and music, and video games, are modes of expression that oppose the film medium itself, and that his films go beyond merely works of cinema that function only within modes of cinematic spectatorial engagement, confronting the structures and premises of noncinematic media through their presentation in the films. The films are not hybrid medial texts, but instead combine these media forms while maintaining the discourse and representation that separates them. The author explains how intermediality is the staging of productive disjunctions between film and other media, and he applies theories of Gilles Deleuze to HanekeAEs work and shows how his use of intermediality points to the void between media. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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