Enjoy it! Love it! But most importantly, let it inspire you to cherish your loved ones as deeply as possible. And thanks for the “cool” mention.
A filmmaker of aesthetic and emotional precision, Michael Haneke’s filmmaking style is stern and yet arresting, combining the cerebral with the provocative to provide audiences with films that leave no question to the idea that cinema may go beyond entertainment, that cinema is art when chosen to be. Thus, it is a delight to find a behind the scenes look into the making of his profoundly touching film Amour and an in-depth documentary on the celebrated filmmaker.
Listen to Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, Juliette Binoche, and others speak of Haneke’s directing style, watch and learn from the director himself on his approach to filmmaking, and become engulfed in his cinematic universe. The Making of Amour and My Life (provided by Cinephilia and Beyond) will leave viewers wanting to discover more about Michael Haneke, and film lovers should do so. As Jonathan Jones writes for the Guardian: …the visual beauty of his cinema is beguiling: he achieves a photographic and theatrical clarity that is somehow quintessentially of our time, of the digital age, and yet as rich as anything in cinematic history.
C’est beau…la vie.
Amour, directed by Michael Haneke, with Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva.
Amour, directed by Michael Haneke.
Watch Alfred Hitchcock and The Making of Psycho: “The Master of Suspense is also a master of style, and this 90+ minute documentary certainly proves why Alfred Hitchcock is an unforgettable filmmaker. “
Visual artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen made his cinematic debut with Hunger, a film about the 1981 IRA hunger strike and its leader Bobby Sands. He followed his first feature with Shame and addressed the subject of sex addiction through the portrayal of a man’s unraveling life. His latest and award-winning film 12 Years a Slave reveals the story of Solomon Northup, a freeman forced into slavery and his struggle to regain his freedom and return to his family. The films deal with the incarceration of the subject and the need for freedom while exemplifying a filmmaker’s ambition and fascination with the language of cinema.
Journey through the making of Steve McQueen’s films and discover why and how they captivate audiences around the world. A-BitterSweet-Life presents The Art of Cinema and Steve McQueen: the Making of Hunger, Shame, and 12 Years a Slave.
The Making of Hunger delivers a short but engrossing window to the ideas and minds behind Steve McQueen’s debut feature film. Interviews with Cunningham, Fassbender, and Gutch stand among those with McQueen, writer Enda Walsh, and actor Stuart Graham and weave through images from the film to provide the kind of insight film lovers and filmmakers seek from such great films.
After The Making of Hunger comes an in-depth 35+ minute interview with Steve McQueen himself. If in the previous behind the scenes look McQueen explains that it is necessary to reward a concentrated audience with a work that engages the senses, then this interview continues to provide fulfilling content for the viewer.
Making of Shame, with director Steve McQueen, producer Ian Canning, co-writer Abi Morgan, and actors Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, presents a behind the scenes look at McQueen’s second feature film while offering an understanding of the film’s inspiration, story, and characters.
For more, follow the behind the scenes window to Shame with a DP/30 presentation of an interview with Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender. Among the abundance of insight provided in this interview, we learn how McQueen’s visual artist background influences him in his non-traditional filmmaking and his first and foremost care for approaching truth above all else. Also, to see the energy between McQueen and Fassbender is to understand how these two make such great films together. Certainly a must-see!
Specificity of vision or the filmmaker’s style as a foundation supports all the building blocks that together form the film, and director Steve McQueen truly represents those filmmakers who bring their unique visions to the screen. From Hunger to Shame and 12 Years a Slave, each film is clearly a Steve McQueen film. Film directors such as Robert Bresson, Carl Theodor Dreyer, and Andrei Tarkovsky have this aura that make them unforgettable filmmakers and their works timeless. These are the filmmakers who make their mark on cinema by their mere presence rather than by force, and Steve McQueen stands among them.
Unique Vision: Steve McQueen and 12 Years a Slave sheds light on the creative process in the making of 12 Years a Slave, one of the most important films of 2013 and one that will resonate for years to come. Explore and discover great filmmaking!
Chapters in order: A Director’s Vision, The Cast, The Team, The Score, Chiwetel Becomes Solomon, A Portrait of Solomon Northup, and B Roll.
Steve McQueen and Sean Bobbitt have been working with each other since McQueen’s debut film, Hunger, and their collaborations certainly show a deep sense for the cinematic. In this interview with the director and director of photography on their latest work, 12 Years a Slave, we learn about their history together and their filmmaking style that makes their efforts so memorable.
For the filmmakers, the adventure of filmmaking is a search for art that invigorates all aspects of it. From immersing oneself in the process to the excitement that comes with each new day on the project, art and filmmaking are about the possibilities that may arise and learning how to capture them.
Hi again! I'm Robin Danzey-Persaud, I wrote you a post a month or so ago. Just wanted to say that I'm directing my first short film in 2 weeks. I watched a lot of the films you suggested and used your blog as a source of inspiration for the script. I'll send it to you once it's done! All the best, RobDanPer
Of course I remember you writing to me. I wish you all the best on this production and keep in mind: immerse your whole self and enjoy the process. You’ll always have the film when it’s done; however, the making occurs only once so squeeze the juice out of it even in the face of the obstacles presented. Glad the blog was a source of inspiration! And yes, send that film my way once it’s done. I’d love to see it.
The films of Steve McQueen: Hunger, Shame, and 12 Years a Slave.