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Amour: A Classical Tragedy in Cinema


Hölderlin argues that tragedy is a form of drama in terms of its stylistic qualities. This is true in certain respects since tragedy may be defined as the infiltration of the tragic moments of life that herald the emergence of the new, into art. The center of gravity in tragedy is the articulation of the tragic moment within the narrative. In this respect, Michael Haneke’s Amour (2012) bears the qualities of an ancient Greek tragedy, especially those of the Oedipus Cycle. This essay adopts an axiological perspective to identify the traces of tragedy as a literary genre in cinema by following the traces of tragedy in Amour.
Keywords: Amour, love, Michael Haneke, tragedy, tragic, Hölderlin.