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Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975) Criterion Collection (2015) Review
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Twenty years after it swept Australia into the international film spotlight, Peter Weir's stunning masterpiece remains as ineffable as the unanswerable mystery at its core. A Valentine's Day picnic at an ancient volcanic outcropping turns to disaster for the residents of Mrs. Appleyard's school when a few young girls inexplicably vanish on Hanging Rock. A lyrical, meditative film charged with suppressed longings. Pathe - Region 2 - PAL vs. Umbrella Entertainment.
This sensual and striking chronicle of a disappearance and its aftermath put director Peter Weir on the map and helped usher in a new era of Australian cinema. Set at the turn of the twentieth century, 'Picnic at Hanging Rock' concerns a small group of students from an all-female college and a chaperone, who vanish while on a St. I've expressed my opinion of Criterion selections before, but my review of 'Picnic at Hanging Rock' will require me to express it again. The way I see it, like them or not, all Criterion titles were selected to be part of The Collection because they possess a merit or achievement of note. That doesn't mean that one has to love every title that they release.
I've expressed my opinion of Criterion selections before, but my review of 'Picnic at Hanging Rock' will require me to express it again. The way I.
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Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) The Criterion Collection Blu-ray Digipack - Peter Weir
This sensual and striking chronicle of a disappearance and its aftermath put director Peter Weir on the map and helped usher in a new era of Australian cinema. Set at the turn of the twentieth century, Picnic at Hanging Rock concerns a small group of students from an all-female college and a chaperone, who vanish while on a St. Valentine's Day outing. Less a mystery than a journey into the mystic, as well as an inquiry into issues of class and sexual repression in Australian society, Weir's gorgeous, disquieting film is a work of poetic horror whose secrets haunt viewers to this day. Forum members rate this film 9. Discuss the film and Blu-ray here.
And the Criterion laserdisc I owned one of the very last Criterion laserdisc releases was bare bones, so beyond the film itself, there was no information on it. It just seemed like a highly artistic interpretation of real events. Upon arrival, quiet weirdness abounds, and after several lazy, dreamlike hours, three of the girls and one of the teachers have gone missing. The second half of the film studies the effects the disappearances have on not only the school, but also the nearby town and its variety of residents. It is, after all, a small town at the turn of the century where people do not just disappear. The movie is crammed with ideas, thoughts, and feelings, expressed through an intricate, restrained drawing of its numerous characters, with the repression of the time period leading to people unable to properly communicate their fears, hopes, and desires. Appleyard Rachel Roberts , the severe, imposing school headmistress, takes out her frustrations on the awkward student, Sara Margaret Nelson , while the much younger and more vibrant Mademoiselle de Poitiers Helen Morse is wracked with guilt over her inaction the day of the picnic.
The objects, or goals, of these desires are disparate, though they all spiral out following the disappearance of three young women and a teacher from the Appleyard School during a trip to the small titular ridge on St. Right before Miranda and three of her classmates go wandering up Hanging Rock, their mistress, Mademoiselle de Poitiers Helen Morse , eerily declares that Miranda is a Botticelli angel. When Mrs. Sara, an orphan, eventually falls victim to a familiar institutional rule, as her lack of tuition becomes reason enough for Mrs. Appleyard to throw her out on the street, without money or support. In the case of Michael Fitzhubert Dominic Guard , a young privileged man who merely gazed at Miranda from afar while dining with his parents, a crusade to find Miranda leaves him catatonic and only serves to violently rouse the students at Appleyard even further. Appleyard, an unmovable symbol of order and protocol, corrupted by power over allowances, conduct, and education.