Funny Games (1997)

Funny Games (Haneke 1997)

Haneke‘s Funny Games hold a special place in Marshall’s heart.  It is the last film he got to watch with his brother Carson before he passed away. And it is exactly the kind of film they loved: heady, shocking, challenging, bizarre, and expertly crafted. Laura and Marshall revisit it to discuss the representation of suffering and violence, the intellectual challenge of films, and the limits and concept of gratuitousness. Invite your neighbors and join us for a listen.


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I Spit on Your Grave (Zarchi 1978)

TOPIC INDEX – Funny Games (Haneke 1997) (times are approximate) 

0:35 – Introductions
3:52 – Discussion begins
4:00 – Our histories with the film
11:30 – Transgressions
13:10 – Prurient viewing, scopophilia
15:30 – When does the nihilism become apparent?
21:40 – That wink and the fourth wall
51:50 – High brow/low brow
1:05:20 – Eggs
1:14:00 – Violence vs suffering
1:19:42 – Grading the film using the Collective Nightmares Rubric

Related Episodes
Martyrs (Laugier 2008)
Eden Lake (Watkins 2008)
I Spit on Your Grave (Zarchi 1978)

Recommended Films
Untraceable (Hoblit 2008)
Silence of the Lambs (Demme 1991)
Nightcrawler (Gilroy 2014)


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Episode 65

horror, ethics, genre, voyeurism, gratuity, nihilism, culpability, implicating the audience, scopophilia, prurient, sadism, fourth wall, resolution, high/low brow, futility, prayer, gratuitous, suffering, violence, family, cruelty, games