The original Farbers in Michael Haneke’s 1997 version of Funny Games.
Funny Games (Michael Haneke, ..
I had to search what the movie was before realizing I have seen this years ago and forgot the title but it was such a good movie I am so glad I picked this subject to comment on! Funny games is an interesting twist on a horror film and has a great way to perpetuate itself of never being solved and just continuing in a cyclical manner. I love the objection you point out about the moral high ground and the connection of history within that argument, I concur on your thought process in how the protagonist was merely being polite letting the individuals into their home when they were taken advantage of.
While my consideration of knowledge from my class is very different, I can find some correlations between the historical aspect of being taken advantage of through a pseudo higher ground technique. I am talking about the slave routes to the Caribbean where slave traders first stopped to expend the human cargo they had before going to either The States or South Americas. Within my class Shaking the Spirit we examined how cultures changed and molded because of the conditions slaves were in and how Yoruban religion was changed to meet new modalities of slave life. Much of the shrines they have for Orishas (Gods) are wrapped in chains to signify the origins of how different cultures brought together from slave trading, created the Santeria culture. Funny Games was very much the same movie as the Austrian movie, except simple references to American lifestyles.
Michael Haneke Movie Reviews & Film Summaries | Roger Ebert
This essay by award winning film essayist Kyle Turner is his path through change of heart on both films. He initially did not care for the 2007 remake, but after exposing himself to more of Haneke’s work along with the 1997 original, he was able to see them in a new light. He offers helpful insights to the meaning behind the actions of the intruders, as well as the gender role swapping of the protagonists. This essay helped validate some of my initial feelings on the meanings of both films.