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MICHAEL HANEKE - Top 25 Directors

Date of birth 23 March 1942
Location Munich, Bavaria, Germany

He started his career as a playwright for the Südwestfunk (ARD) in 1967 and started working as a freelance director for TV and theater in 1970.

He was raised in the city of Wiener Neustadt, Austria and later studied psychology, philosophy and theatrical sciences at the University of Vienna, Austria.

The son of director and actor Fritz Haneke and actress Beatrix von Degenschild.

Directed his first opera, "Don Giovanni" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, in Paris. His unconventional interpretation caused mixed reactions among critics and the audience (27 January 2006).

Named his ten favorite films in the 2002 Sight & Sound Greatest Films Poll: Au hasard Balthazar (1966), Lancelot du Lac (1974), Zerkalo (1975), Saḷ o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (1975), Ángel exterminador, El (1962), _The Gold Rush (1925)_ , Psycho (1960), _A Woman Under the Influence (1974)_ , _Germania anno zero (1978)_ , Eclisse, L' (1962)


" Films that are entertainments give simple answers but I think that's ultimately more cynical, as it denies the viewer room to think. If there are more answers at the end, then surely it is a richer experience."

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