The Films of Peter Weir: 2nd Edition

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Peter Weir is, without doubt, one of the most important Australian film directors of all time. His films have had a major impact, both in terms of the Australian film industry (Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Cars That Ate Paris, and Gallipoli) and as the work of an innovative auteur working within the confines of the Hollywood system (Witness, Dead Poets Society, Fearless, and The Truman Show). This fully revised and updated edition of Jonathan Rayner's acclaimed study takes an in-depth look at the career of a filmmaker who has, over the course of 30 years, put together a substantial and much-loved body of work. Rayner illustrates how Peter Weir brings a consistent vision to his films, no matter how disparate their subject matter - and how he uses his 'outsider' status in the American film industry to his advantage. The release of Weir's new movie, a sea-faring epic starring Russell Crowe, in ??? 2003, will likely heighten his status as a great director still further.

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JONATHAN RAYNER teaches in the Department of English Literature at the University of Sheffield. He is also the author of Contemporary Australian Cinema (2000).

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In his academic analysis of Peter Weir's work, including Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), Gallipoli (1981), Witness (1985), and Dead Poets Society (1989), Rayner (English/media studies, Univ. of Wales) explains how the Australian director has forged a distinctive voice by merging European art film style with Hollywood genre conventions. Rayner's examination of Weir's short films and 13 features (The Truman Show, the 14th, is referenced but was apparently released after the book was completed) leads him to conclude that Weir's work illustrates "a consistent range of themes: liberty and repression, youth and innocence against age and disillusioned knowledge, clashes of culture and the celebration of unique but unpredictable and inexpressible personal experience." Rayner also explores the rebirth of Australian film, which like many other national cinemas was overwhelmed by Hollywood after World War I. His fluency in film history makes this particularly suitable for informed readers.?Kim R. Holston, American Inst. for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, Malvern, PA
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