Big screen classics

The White Ribbon

Das weisse Band

Haneke’s masterly portrait of life in a quiet north German village just before WW1 examines the education of a troubled and troubling generation.

Image from The White Ribbon

Germany-Austria-France 2008
Dir Michael Haneke
With Christian Friedel, Burghart Klaussner, Susanne Lothar, Josef Bierbichler
English subtitles
Certificate 15

A quiet village, northern Germany: one day in 1913, the orderly regime is disrupted by the first of several disconcerting events. Who might be responsible? Haneke’s Palme d’or-winning portrait of provincial life prior to WWI – particularly relationships between parents and children – was inspired partly by August Sander’s photographs, partly by Sven Nykvist’s films for Bergman. Christian Berger’s images are accordingly elegant, evocative and exact.

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