Nachruf für einen Mörder (Obituary for a Murderer) is a somewhat experimental collage of television footage found whil supposedly “zapping” through the broadcasts of several cannels on one day. This day happened to be one on which a young man perpetrated a random shooting. Although there is never any statement of a causal relation between this individual and contingent act and the media environment that the young man was surrounded by (and into which, ultimately, his crime is absorbed), Haneke clearly insinuates a connection between televisual consumption and the young man’s criminality. —Bert Rebhandl, Haneke’s Early Work for Televison
Cheerfully wishing his audience a “disturbing evening” at a London retrospective of his films, director Michael Haneke insists that he is an optimist at heart, despite all of the relentlessly bleak carnage and deeply disturbing imagery so vividly painted and seared into the mind of anyone who has had the uncomfortable experience of viewing his work.
Practically born into show business, to an actress mother and director father, in Munich in March 1942, Haneke spent his early years in a working class suburb of Vienna before an early attempt at fame as an actor and pianist. Failing to achieve early success, Haneke attended the University of Vienna to study philosophy and psychology, and became a film critic and stage director before making his eventual debut as a television director with After Liverpool in 1973. Setting in motion a television career specializing in literary adaptations and small screen films, Haneke would work successfully in that medium until his feature debut… read more