Friday, 27 July 2012

RIP Susanne Lothar

I must have first seen Benny’s Video when I was actually Benny’s age and have devotedly followed the work of Michael Haneke ever since, so it has been saddening to learn today that Susanne Lothar has died aged only 51. She was directed by Haneke in Funny Games, The Castle, The Piano Teacher and The White Ribbon, the most memorable appearance among them probably Funny Games, in which she starred alongside her off-screen husband Ulrich Mühe, who also died young in 2007. I would have liked to have uploaded audio of Lothar and Bruno Ganz reciting the letters from Il canto sospeso on the Abbado/Berlin Phil recording, but embedding MP3s here is practically impossible. Instead, a clip from Funny Games.

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