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Film, "The Way Back": Survival of the fittest

"The Way Back": Survival of the fittest

They call it "human interest." There are few narratives more compelling than a survival story like Peter Weir's new adventure yarn. The protagonists of The Way Back, the veteran director's first movie in the seven years since his seafaring Master…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cheap Thrills

Cheap Thrills

At the same moment that directors like Peter Weir and Gillian Armstrong were earning festival kudos and critical acclaim for the early films of the Australian “new wave,” the more industrious/shameless likes of director Tim Burstall (“Tim liked getting tit…
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Film, Shakedown Cruise

Shakedown Cruise

Russell Crowe to his agent: "More Oscar bait. Now." Agent, considering his cut of Crowe's $20 million payday: "Yes, sir." A possible scenario, anyway. Thus, Crowe is back in another iconic, self-serious performance, and his beefy mug will stare down…
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The Weir Files

Picnic at Hanging Rock Directed by Peter Weir. Written by Cliff Green, from the novel by Joan Lindsay. Starring Rachel Roberts and Helen Morse. Plays July 1-7 at the Castro. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), the first international success from…
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We Can Borrow It for You Wholesale The Truman Show is generally, and lavishly, being praised for three things: Jim Carrey's performance as the hapless guinea pig in a 24-7 TV spectacle; Peter Weir's easy direction of Truman's gradual discovery…
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