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Moira Weigel

27 March 2014

It started at the back door. Police asked the sitters to leave; if they refused, they grabbed them by their necks and dragged them out. Several TV reporters were on the scene but turned away. Before running at the protesters, the riot force took off their badges so that their names would be hidden. More…

10 March 2014

Stories got written in Chinese, run by the propaganda authorities for approval, then translated into English. Because it was cheaper to pay locals than foreigners to do this, the “girls” downstairs took a first stab at the translation and then passed drafts to Josh. He ironed out their English. Then Chinese senior editors reviewed the final cuts, and passed them back “up” for approval from the censors. More…

6 March 2013

Haneke has often said, referring to the unhappy ending of The Piano Teacher, that he aims “to rape the spectator into autonomy.” He abuses his audience in order to make us self-aware and liberate us from bad habits. Critics have mostly taken him at his word, repeating the sleight of rhetoric that conflates the act of analyzing and violating movie conventions with bashing in the skull of an animal. More…

18 December 2008

Thomas Dörflein was so beloved in his home city that he could hardly leave his apartment without being swarmed by groupies, but the real celebrity was his animal charge, Knut, a polar bear cub born in the Berlin Zoo in December 2006. Under Dörflein’s care, the 810-gram whelp nonetheless became Berlin’s first Eisbär to survive infancy in over 30 years. More…