1992. Austria/Switzerland. Michael Haneke. 105 min.
Monday, October 8, 2007, 4:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1992. Austria/Switzerland. Directed by Michael Haneke. Screenplay by Haneke. With Arno Frisch, Ulrich Mühe, Angela Winkler. Inured to Hollywood movie violence—"It's all ketchup and plastic," he observes—a teenage boy commits and videotapes a grisly act of murder, just "to see what it would be like." Even more horrifying are his parents' efforts to cover up the crime and go on with their lives. Though conventionally read as Haneke's scolding indictment of television's dehumanizing effect on our youth, Benny's Video offers a far more ambiguous and subtle image of mediated reality, moral consciousness, and the will to control. Courtesy Kino International. In German, English, Arabic, French; English subtitles. 105 min.