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August 10, 2018

Special Report: The Piano Teacher (2001)

Special Guest: Christian Berger
Guest Co-Hosts: Jared Bauer, Chris Stachiw

Based on the 1983 book by , Michael Haneke’s The Piano Teacher (2001) stars Isabelle Huppert as our titular pedagogue. She’s a woman trapped in a harrowing relationship with her mother. She is abused and belittled at home only to turn around and do the same to her students. Things change when she meets Walter Klemmer (Benoît Magimel ) who is a bit obsessed with his prickly piano teacher, leading to a mutually dissatisfying relationship between the pair.

Jared Bauer (Show Me The Meaning) and Chris Stachiw (The Kulturecast) join Mike to discuss this harrowing film. In an interview, Director of Photography Christian Berger talks about his career, the Cine Reflect Lighting System, and working with Michael Haneke.

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1 comment:

  1. Another excellent Projection Booth podcast. Sometimes the most uncomfortable films generate the best discussions.

    There were a couple of things that came into my mind while listening. On the subject of films with S&M themes, Barbet Schroeder's Maîtresse delves into the dynamic between the dominator and the dominated in an honest way. On another point, Cries And Whispers has a scene of a woman putting a piece of glass in a sensitive spot of her anatomy.

    The diversity of the movies you cover, Mike, is commendable. You have introduced me to many titles over the years. Mandingo and Massacre at Central High are just the most recent watches. The WR: Mysteries of the Organism episode opened up the world of Makavejev, which I have dived into deeply. Have you ever considered doing a program on Sweet Movie?