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Christoph Waltz directs Rosenkavalier

After winning his second Oscar in February, the Austrian Actor  Christoph Waltz announced that he will stage Richard Strauss’ opera Der Rosenkavalier, with the libretto by Hugo von Hoffmannsthal, at the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerpen, the Netherlands. The comedy is set in the aristocratic circles of late 18th century in Vienna. The Vienna native told […]

Diagonale: How to Snatch Defeat From the Jaws of Victory

Diagonale: How to Snatch Defeat From the Jaws of Victory

I pulled into Graz just in time for the gala opening, threw on a fancy suit, refreshed my hair and make-up, and jumped into a cab prepared to sidestep the paparazzi and compete with the stars of stage and screen, entering Austria’s premier film festival at the Helmut-List-Halle. No red carpet. OK. But the hordes were there all right, thronging the entrance […]

Humble and ‘in Awe’

Humble and ‘in Awe’

  Michael Haneke and Christoph Waltz don’t have all that much in common. One is a seasoned director, a believer in artistic filmmaking, who casually accepted his golden statuette in Hollywood on 24 February. Two of his previous films had been nominated, but Amour was the first to put Haneke on the stage of the […]

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 […]

More Honors for Austrian Film

In an unprecedented sweep of this year’s Golden Globe Awards, top honors went to two Austrians, director Michael Haneke and actor Christoph Waltz, continuing a surge of recent interest in the country’s film industry. Haneke’s Das Weiße Band, submitted as a German production, gleaned the award for Best Foreign Film, while Waltz’s performance in Inglourious […]

Tarantino Rewrites History

Whatever else he is, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is certifiably eccentric. So his latest, Inglourious Basterds, is many things: a war movie, but also a fantasy, stylised but also shocking, bold, brash, exhilarating, and humorous. Tracing two assassination plots against the Nazi leadership – one led by a young French-Jewish cinema owner Shosanna (Mélanie Laurent) and […]

The ‘Jew Hunter’ Goes to Hollywood

Until August, the name Christoph Waltz would have gone unrecognised. With his mind-blowing portrayal of the frightening, yet charming Hans Landa, “The Jew Hunter,” in Quentin Tarantino’s embellished war film, Inglourious Basterds, Waltz was noticed in Austria, and at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, where he received the Best Actor Award. Now, even more Hollywood […]

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