The New York Times
Date: 2009-10-07
Author: A. O. Scott

Article Mentions
Author, A. O. Scott
Mentioned, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Mentioned, Allison Janney
Mentioned, Todd Solondz
Mentioned, Jane Adams
Mentioned, Paul Reubens
Mentioned, Melissa Anderson
Mentioned, Ciaran Hinds
Mentioned, Dennis Lim
Mentioned, J. Hoberman
Mentioned, Film Society of Lincoln Center
Mentioned, Variety Magazine
Mentioned, Lincoln Center
Mentioned, Alice Tully Hall
Mentioned, Showtime
Mentioned, New York Film Festival
Mentioned, PEN
Mentioned, Slate
Mentioned, Discovery Channel
Late in “The White Ribbon,” Michael Haneke’s black-and-white study of child abuse, class resentment and incipient fascism in a northern German village on the eve of World War I, one character, a baroness, expresses a wish to leave. “I can’t live in an atmosphere of malice, envy, cruelty and brutality,” she announces to her husband. In that case, the baroness has come to the wrong film festival. By the same token, though, the New York Film Festival’s selection of Mr. Haneke’s film, anointed with the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year, makes perfect sense. As it enters its final stretch — the closing-night feature, Pedro Almodóvar’s “Broken Embraces,” starring Penélope Cruz, will screen on Sunday — this 47th edition...(read more)
... Late in “The White Ribbon,” Michael Haneke’s black-and-white study of child abuse, class resentment and incipient fascism in a northern German village on the eve of World War I, one character, a baroness, expresses a wish to leave. “I can’ ...
... and Jane Adams, among others. The cast is different (if equally excellent) — it includes Ciaran Hinds, Allison Janney, ...
... Shirley Henderson and Paul Reubens — but most of the situations once again are creepy, freakish or sad. Yet there is also something generous, even gentle, in the way Mr. Solondz treats the wayward souls in his care. He does not deny them the poss ...


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