Anne-Louise Lambert in Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975, dir. Peter Weir)
“My only worry was whether an audience would accept such an outrageous idea [of filming a mystery without a solution]. Personally, I always found it the most satisfying and fascinating aspect of the film. I usually find endings disappointing: they’re totally unnatural. You are creating life on the screen, and life doesn’t have endings. It’s always moving on to something else and there are always unexplained elements.
What I attempted, somewhere towards the middle of the film, was gently to shift emphasis off the mystery element which had been building in the first half and to develop the oppressive atmosphere of something which has no solution: to bring out a tension and claustrophobia in the locations and the relationships. We worked very hard at creating an hallucinatory mesmeric rhythm, so that you lost awareness of facts, you stopped adding things up, and got into this enclosed atmosphere. I did everything in my power to hypnotise the audience away from the possibility of solutions.”
-Weir, quoted in Sight & Sound interview (1976)
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Polish poster for Picnic at Hanging Rock (Peter Weir, 1975) designed by Wiktor Sadowski, 1992
Irma in Picnic at Hanging Rock
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Wesley Allsbrook, Picnic at Hanging Rock
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Picnic at Hanging Rock (Peter Weir, 1975)
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Picnic At Hanging Rock (Peter Weir, 1975)
Gheorghe Zamfir - Doina: Sus Pe Culmea Dealului (via Picnic at Hanging Rock, 1975, dir. Peter Weir)
I still find this score unbelievably skin-pricklingly haunting. This film in general, actually, with all its oneiric uncanny disturbing deliciousness.
via Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975, dir. Peter Weir)
“Horror need not always be a long-fanged gentleman in evening clothes or a dismembered corpse or a doctor who keeps a brain in his gold fish bowl. It may be a warm sunny day, the innocence of girlhood and hints of unexplored sexuality that combine to produce a euphoria so intense it becomes transporting, a state beyond life or death. Such horror is unspeakable not because it is gruesome but because it remains outside the realm of things that can be easily defined or explained in conventional ways.”
-Vincent Canby, Picnic at Hanging Rock
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The impossibly ethereal Anne Lambert in Picnic At Hanging Rock (Peter Weir, 1975).
Which is worlds of awesomely sublime. More here.
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