Funny Games - Neither Seen Nor Heard -

Funny Games – Neither Seen Nor Heard

Daniel Netzel
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Michael Haneke’s challenging film offers us a unique take on the horror genre. This video essay breaks down the American version of Funny Games, and how it uses the absence of sound or visuals to its advantage.

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Sidenote: The reason I chose this version instead of the 1997 original is pretty simple, I haven’t seen it, and considering it is a shot-for-shot remake, I feel the main points of discussion in this film don’t change between versions.

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  1. Upon rewatching the 1997 version today, I realized that the film breaks the fourth wall… four times… Haneke is so self-aware that it's both funny and horrifying.

  2. Peter and Paul were hardly "well mannered". In point of fact they were ill-mannered from the very start, with the provocations ratcheting up by the second. What they were is well spoken.

  3. Brilliant movie. I love how it managed to be disturbing and violent without being gratuitous.

  4. There are some truly incredible films by one of the very best directors in filmmaking: Cache, The Piano Teacher, White Ribbon, Funny Games, ( I partial to the original), to name a few. Haneke poses a few of the most vital questions in his films, didactic entertainment at its finest.

  5. 9:14 I mean the difference in game of thrones, at least in the first few seasons, is that the characters earn their deaths through their actions. this is just hopeless for no real reason. also I get the idea that movies don't have to be entertainment but
    9:45 I'd say "the Road" does a much better job at that than this movie.

  6. Anyone know why the dad was such a pussy?

  7. I thought the point of the entire film was just to chastise the audience for watching it. The characters warn you that it will not end well, and then gives you exactly what they said they would. At the end you just feel a bit gross for obliging them.

  8. What the story means? Why they got scared from two ass holes. One must not be so gentle. Simple & easy way was to just fight back. At 06:00 As one Psycho struck the man first time he must retaliate and struck him back.

  9. Meh, this is one of Haneke's worst. Just him wagging his finger and lecturing viewers about their depravity in the least effective way possible. Brilliantly shot and clever but as a film it rings utterly hollow.

  10. 2018, Hereditary: "omg the kid died first, what an original and unexpected twist"

    1997, Funny Games: literally makes fun of us for not expecting it

  11. Orchestral background music was very unnecessary

  12. That movie is awesome, I have watched orginal version and wow

  13. listening to this guy defend as bad movie IS unbearable . Charters doing bad scary movie tropes is not new and over played. This movie is terrible. If you want a GOOD movie one over playing violence watch American Psycho or A Clockwork Orange. this movie was STUPID!!

  14. Even the Chainsaw Massacre doesn't come close to this one here…. It's so terribly "real" in a way👀

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