Funny Games (2007)
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The song in the first half is "Ebben?" by Alfredo Catalani.
The song in the second half is "In The Hall Of The Mountain King" by Edvard Grieg.
The song in the restricted trailer is "Mutilation is the Most Sincere Form of Flattery" by Marilyn Manson.
If you're looking for the experimental song, it's made of two songs: "Bonehead" and "Hellraiser" by John Zorn's experimental jazz band Naked City. The noisy moments from both are spliced together and the jazzier moments cut.
No, Funny Games (2007) is actually a remake of an older movie by the same name. Funny Games was an original script written by the director, Michael Haneke, and it was released in Germany in 1997. Haneke remade an English version of his own movie ten years later in 2007 (informally called "Funny Games US") this time with all English-speaking actors. Besides the language and location differences, the two versions of the film are almost identical to each other shot-by-shot.
In this scene, "Paul" asks Anne to play a game called "The Loving Wife" in which Anne is responsible for deciding on how her husband, George, will die. She has the option to select the knife or the gun but first Anne has to say a prayer without any mistakes. After she does, he says that she now has to say the prayer backwards without any mistakes before she can make her decision. While he is explaining it to her she quickly grabs the rifle and shoots "Peter". "Paul" reacts by taking the gun away from her and hitting her with it and in a fit of frustration, begins searching for the remote control for the T.V. When he finds it he presses rewind and the scene rewinds all the way back to when he told her to say the prayer backwards only this time when she goes to grab the gun, he grabs it first and takes it away.
In this scene, we learn that "Paul" (and probably "Peter" too) are in complete control of what goes on in the movie. And that even though they are frequently insisting that their victims obey the rules of their games, they are themselves cheaters.