Combustible Celluloid
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With: Rachel Roberts, Vivean Gray, Helen Morse, Kirsty Child, Tony Llewellyn-Jones, Jacki Weaver, Frank Gunnell, Anne-Louise Lambert, Karen Robson, Jane Vallis, Christine Schuler, Margaret Nelson, Ingrid Mason, Jenny Lovell, Janet Murray
Written by: Cliff Green, based on a novel by Joan Lindsay
Directed by: Peter Weir
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 115
Date: 08/08/1975

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

4 Stars (out of 4)


By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Trying to describe the Australian director Peter Weir's great second feature film Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) usually involves the word "haunting." It's a beautiful, mysterious movie about a group of students at an all-girl's school in 1900. They take a day trip to Hanging Rock, an incredible landscape of tall, stony shapes lined with winding paths without beginning or end. After a dreamy afternoon, several of the girls and a teacher cannot be found. If you like your movies tied up in a neat bow, better skip this one. Like many 1970s movies, this one is about more than just its plot. Weir has often made films about characters that are at odds with their environment in some way, and this one remains one of his best and most fascinating. Look for the future Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver in a small role.

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