30
Jan
10

Film should be like a ski jump

“I believe that the purpose of drama is not to let you go home feeling reassured. That was never its purpose, even as far back as  the Greek tragedies. Every film is manipulative, raping the viewer. So the question is: Why do I rape the viewer? I try to rape him into being reflective, and into being intellectually independent and seeing his role in the game of manipulation. I believe in his intelligence. At its best, film should be like a ski jump. It should give the viewer the option of taking flight, while the act of jumping is left up to him.” (Haneke intervievat in Der Spiegel)

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