Ricky Gervais and Michael Haneke: together at last

Jacobs, Jason (2013) Ricky Gervais and Michael Haneke: together at last. London, UK, Critical Studies in Television, University of Hertfordshire.

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Author Jacobs, Jason
Title Ricky Gervais and Michael Haneke: together at last
Place of publication London, UK
Publisher Critical Studies in Television, University of Hertfordshire
Publication date 2013-03-29
Series CST Online
Total pages 1 Scholarly blog entry
Language eng
Subject Original Creative Work - Textual work
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Ricky Gervais’ sitcom Derek concluded its first season around the time Michael Haneke’s Amour won the Oscar for best foreign language film, and my viewing of both overlapped in a way that made comparison perhaps a bit more obvious than it otherwise would be. At first glance these two figures could not seem more different: on the one hand Gervais - portly comedy innovator who (along with lanky co-writer Stephen Merchant) devised two of the best television comedies of the 2000s - is an arrogant evangelical atheist whose massive over-sensitive ego and hysterical giggle saturate his media appearances to the point of grating irritation; on the other Haneke, tall slender auteur, whose icy stare and demeanour echoes the Beckett-like formal austerity we see in the aggressive, pitiless mise-en-scene that his films deploy, as he jams 1970s Screen theory with the generic engines of neo-classical mainstream cinema to produce a critical honeypot of Art-house faire. Gervais the Clown, hungry for applause; Haneke the Artist, steadily creating an oeuvre.

But such contrasts are deceptive and crude...
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