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James Hunt and Niki Lauda: Driven To Excellence

James Hunt and Niki Lauda: Driven To Excellence

“At around 170 mph, this thing’s a bomb on wheels,” future champion James Hunt appreciatively tells his soon-to-be wife as he lovingly strokes his fuel-injected chariot. “Why don’t they make it safer?” she asks.  “The risk of death turns people on.” The past is indeed a strange land, equating motor sport with gladiatorial combat, where […]

Tricky Women: Vienna Celebrates Female Animators

Tricky Women: Vienna Celebrates Female Animators

The Pillsbury Doughboy, Mickey Mouse, the Simpsons – whether a Disney character in the movies, a hand-rendered family TV series, or a 3D computer-generated Hello Kitty, what we have come to know as objects, caricatures, forms that move and appear to live and breathe, are created by a process known as animation.  The process […]

Taking the Night Train to Lisbon

Taking the Night Train to Lisbon

Night Train to Lisbon, directed by the Danish filmmaker Bille August, is a German-Swiss-Portuguese co-production that united him for the second time in Portugal with Jeremy Irons, having previously filmed The House of the Spirits in Lisbon and the Alentejo in 1993. The film is adapted from the ruminative 2004 novel by Pascal Mercier (the […]

Kampusch Film: 3096 Days

Kampusch Film: 3096 Days

The highly anticipated film 3096 Days, about the abduction and imprisonment of Natascha Kampusch, premieres in cinemas on 28 February. The film’s portrayal of the relationship between the young girl and her abductor has sparked significant controversy, with each new release of trailers and photos garnering criticism over their veracity and potential sensationalism. Kampusch is […]

Haneke’s Amour and Christoph Waltz: Cinema Supplants Skiing?

Haneke’s Amour and Christoph Waltz: Cinema Supplants Skiing?

      Michael Haneke’s Prizes and His Appetite for Spinach, 2 Dec. 2012 by Michael Pekler Malta provided the venue for the 25th European Film Awards. During the gala event in the fortress city Valletta, Michael Haneke’s Amour was the big winner – receiving four awards, including Best European Film. […] This time a […]

Film Preview: Hannah Arendt’s Battle for Conscience

Film Preview: Hannah Arendt’s Battle for Conscience

Forcing her students to think was German-American philosopher Hannah Arendt’s passion. Still, she had no idea how bitterly her forceful questioning of assumptions during the trial of Holocaust mastermind Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem in 1961 would bring her into conflict – not only with her academic teaching colleagues at American universities – but also with […]

Finding Faces for the Silver Screen

Finding Faces for the Silver Screen

Defining success can be vague, especially in the film industry. Is it fame or creative satisfaction? Is it income, reputation or recognition? For casting directors, it’s not usually about the limelight. Most are invisible, and prefer it that way. Then there’s Lana Veenker. When Veenker is out, she is surrounded by actors, following at her […]

Lincoln Has Lessons for the EU

Lincoln Has Lessons for the EU

Allan Janik wrote recently of lessons for the EU from American history, examining the Colonial era, but Steven Spielberg’s new film Lincoln (see Film Events, page 25 in Feb 2013 TVR) moves our focus to the mid-19th century. What can Austrians gain from Hollywood’s take on a “dead president”? This man, and his super-human feats […]

Staging and Screening Anna Karenina

Staging and Screening Anna Karenina

First published in 1887, the story of Anna Karenina still feels modern. Even 125 years later, Leo Tolstoy’s novel of stifled love in the perfumed salons of 19th century aristocratic Russia remain gripping. This social tapestry of culture and character woven together, meticulously unveiling all characters through a shifting of voice and perspective, has retained […]

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