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The Munificent Musings Of A Maniacal Mammal

Over the next who-knows-how-many months, I’m going to select one movie from every year since I was born to watch and recommend. But the catch is that I’m going to pick ones that either flew under the RADAR, or were unjustly box office failures, or have otherwise been completely forgotten to time. In other words, I’m going to try and pick ones that few-to-none of y’all have seen. I’m gonna try and do one or two of these a week.

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1975: Picnic At Hanging Rock

To kick things off for this series, we have 1975, the year I was born. For this one, I’m going to pick a movie that actually did fairly well… in its country of origin, Australia. I figure very few in the USA have seen it. That movie is Picnic At Hanging Rock. It’s directed by the great Peter Weir (The Truman Show, Master & Commander, Witness, Fearless, Gallipoli, Dead Poets Society, etc) and is a solid period piece, taking place in 1900 in Victoria, Australia. It involves an afternoon picnic trip that the students at a local girls school take to a local location of “Hanging Rock”, resulting in a mysterious tragedy. The movie is one of those that is subtle and well crafted. Its main strength is the quasi-dreamlike style of the movie that Weir puts together. While not the greatest movie of its year (after all, we’re talking about the year of Jaws), it’s a solid little film that uses its modest budget and location well.

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