Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Some were never to return.
On Saint Valentine's Day in 1900, the female students at a private Australian school are given permission by their stern headmistress to travel to an ancient volcanic outcropping for an afternoon picnic. The beautiful day turns into a nightmare when a few among them, including the beautiful and enigmatic Miranda, vanish without explanation on Hanging Rock.
Read any review for Peter Weir’s mesmerising masterpiece, Picnic at Hanging Rock, and you will see the words haunting, dream-like and enigmatic appear time and again. They are vague and uncertain descriptions but perfectly apt for a film that is elusive, ambiguous and rich in symbolism, complexity and interpretation. I have watched the film numerous times over the years (this, my first viewing in high-definition) and every time I am surprised by the new things I find, the new interpretations I dream up and the mixed emotions the film manages to evoke.
On Valentine’s Day in 1900, a school trip to Victoria’s Hanging Rock turns to disaster when three students and their teacher disappear without trace. Whilst sounding like the…
Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock is a mystical and beautiful film that I failed to connect to completely.
Set in Australia in 1900 and centred around a real life mysterious disappearance of three girls and one teacher, it explores the nature of said disappearance and the effect it had on the school and the community.
The first act had me glued to the screen. The attention given to creating a convincing depiction of the time period is something I always respect and admire. When the group of young women arrive at the rock for the picnic, Weir manages to create a sense of unease and mystery that transfixes and intrigues. He almost makes the rock a character, a mystical force…
"This we do for pleasure, so that we may shortly be at the mercy of venomous snakes and poisonous ants."
The above quote from Picnic At Hanging Rock is the type of device that you see used a lot in mystery and thriller films especially, and it's a device I don't much care for.
It's usually such an unsubtle and clumsy way of setting up some drama to come, usually the antithesis of what is being stated by way of wanting to prove that character and his or her thoughts wrong, quite often as a method as marking them out as an antagonist. In a film like this, such a technique should be maddening as this is quite clearly not…
I've had this one on my radar for a loooong ass time. The plot was always interesting to me (schoolgirls go missing at a mysterious natural location) but the combination of it being hard to find and my crippling laziness always came in tween me and the film
I finally watched Picnic at Hanging Rock tonight and while it wasn't everything I hoped it would be as a whole, it still turned out to be as mysterious as I expected.
The plot, like I mentioned above, centers around a group of young women from the Appleyard College who take a much anticipated field trip to a natural…
I've been meaning to (re)watch Picnic At Hanging Rock for some time. I had last watched it at some stage in my very early teens so I knew it needed a proper viewing. This year, with my undertaking to watch as much Ozploitation and Aussie New Wave as possible, seemed the right time to do so, and with compiling a list of Folk Horror yesterday evening - a category this film could ostensibly fit into - it felt right to watch it now. Also of course the film is set on St Valentine's Day, 1900, and this being 16th Feb, there really was no time like the present.
I must take the time to admit that whilst I am on…
Film #67 of the December Challenge 2
''What we see and what we seem are but a dream, a dream within a dream.''
Once upon a time, I used to think of my country's cinematic exports as inferior. I thought there was no way that Australia could produce films on the level of the 'Muricans! I mean, they have Brad Pitt and fucking Matt Damon and what not. Luckily, I saw the errors of my ways when I saw great Aussie films like 'Walkabout', 'Road Games', 'Gallipoli' 'Mad Max 2', 'Long Weekend', 'Wake in Fright' and of course, the magnum opus of Australian cinema, Peter Weir's mesmerizing and atmospheric masterpiece 'Picnic at Hanging Rock'
'Picnic at Hanging Rock' is an…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Question after question after question after question.
The ambiguity haunts the film from the very start. Nothing I say here will do the film enough justice. A frightening and beautiful film. One I'll be buying in the future.
A film that drifts in the ether. The image of Hanging Rock gives off and eerie, mysterious and even other worldly atmosphere. One hundred years after the fact I wouldn't be surprised if Mulder and Scully were brought in to investigate "The Picnic at Hanging Rock incident."
Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock is hailed by most as a masterpiece and it really makes me wonder if I saw a different film than most people. It completely missed the mark with me. It's a film that tries to be ambiguous and tantalizing by withholding answers, but it withholds so much that it just ends up being insanely frustrating.
For the first 30 minutes, I admit, I was exceedingly intrigued. Weir sets up an interesting environment with a community of European colonists in Australia, an alien and dangerous landscape, and then proceeds to present us with a sinister mystery when three schoolgirls and their teacher vanish without at trace at Hanging Rock. The atmosphere is foreboding and haunting…
Picnic at Hanging Rock is another of thousands of movies that have been on my watch-list forever, and i only now was able to see it. I went into Picnic at Hanging Rock very interested and hoping good things from it but i was a bit reluctant for this watch because i'm not a fan of Peter Weir, with the only movie i had seen from him that i liked being The Truman Show, to say the truth i'm not a fan of Dead Poet Society neither Master and Commander nor Witness, but then again the extremely high reputation made me believe that this would be a good movie.
Picnic at Hanging Rock is Directed by Peter Weir and it…
Picnic at Hanging Rock is a film from Australian filmmaker Peter Weir, it's based on a novel by Joan Lindsay and follows the story of 3 schoolgirls and a teacher that went missing after a trip to Hanging Rock on Valentines Day in 1900 . The film presents itself as if it were based on a true story but actually isn't, 19 of the girls from Appleyard college went on the trip as well as teachers, when one girl who didn't like to follow the rules was left behind.
The whole atmosphere looks beautiful and at the rock we see a happy family picnic taking place and we see two young men who are about a few years older then…
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