Picnic at Hanging Rock (The Criterion Collection)
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Picnic at Hanging Rock is one of those films that should have been left alone, but unfortunately Peter Weir's considerably shorter director's cut does the film no real favors. The additions are minor - a redundant scene of a reporter photographing the school and a very brief but much better introduction to the scene where Albert (Wolf Creek's John Jarrett) tells Michael (Dominic Guard) his dream about his sister - but the deletions in the last third are fairly substantial and surprisingly damaging - most notably the entire section of Irma thanking Albert for finding her on the Rock, Michael's growing relationship with Irma, the church service, Albert and Michael talking at night, and Mrs Appleyard removing Sarah's belongings. Sadly, while it may make the film even more elliptical as is Weir's wont, it diminishes the film's resonance and your involvement with the already rather sketchy characters, so it's a pity that only the director's cut now exists in a restored version (even the Australian 2-disc DVD only includes the cut scenes as extras).
Unfortunately, a la George Lucas, the original version was almost impossible to find aside from an incredibly poor standards conversion videotape made from a poor print back in the mid-90s before the Australian film industry took film preservation seriously. The restoration may look and sound better than the film ever has before, but it's a sad trade-off for the much better film Weir originally made.Read more ›
This is a film about the dissaperance of three virginal girls and their stuffy,repressed teacher, who dissapear while picnicing at Hanging Rock. One girl is finally found and the others are gone forever. But gone to where? and more importantly,what happened to make them dissapear in the first place? That is the very mystery you as a viewer must solve.
Read the book,watch the film,then read the book again. Pay careful attention to what you are reading and what you are watching and the answer will come. If not,that just adds to the mystique of this wonderful film. You will find yourself haunted by this film and unable to forget it. Months,even years after seeing it you will still be wondering...What happend? If you still are unable to come to a satisfying conclusion on your own or you want to see if what you think happens is really what happened,then I have some mystery solving news for you. Get the book Secret of Hanging Rock,it is written by the same woman who wrote Picnic at Hanging Rock and was to be published after her death. The book is out there,but you may have trouble finding it. You may find you were right all along or you may find you were way off base. Either way this is a film not to be missed.
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A film that I can't get out of my head. Haunts you long after the closing credits. Slightly creepy in a classy and understated way.Published 2 months ago by Susan Troia
There is no ending. Think of it as an art piece and not a film with beginning, middle and end, told in a linear way. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Aquaria
A slow paced fictionalized telling of a true event 1800's Australia. Slow paced so you have time to understand the dynamics of the relationships of the characters and the power of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Wayne Schotten
I'm watching an older Criterion version of Picnic at Hanging Rock, the one with Miranda engulfed by rock and stone on the front cover. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mark C. Jones
Wonderfully graphically movie, in both black and white, and color dvd's. This is the only dvd available for this classic movie. Enjoyed thoroughly. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Eileen Rupel
Let me start by saying I was intrigued by this movie for some time before actually seeing it. After watching, I'm thankful I bought it on sale. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mosef
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