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Peter Weir : when cultures collide

Author: Marek Haltof
Publisher: New York : Twayne ; London : Prentice Hall International, ©1996.
Series: Twayne's filmmakers series.
Edition/Format:   Book : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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During the course of his twenty-odd-year filmmaking career, Peter Weir has accomplished what so many of his protagonists have failed to do: he has become an accepted, integral part of an unfamiliar culture. At the core of most of his films and at the least peripheral to all of them is the idea of the outsider trying - and ultimately failing - to come to terms with a culture vastly different from his own. Weir, a  Read more...
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Haltof, Marek.
Peter Weir.
New York : Twayne ; London : Prentice Hall International, c1996
(OCoLC)605960584
Online version:
Haltof, Marek.
Peter Weir.
New York : Twayne ; London : Prentice Hall International, c1996
(OCoLC)607715700
Named Person: Peter Weir; Peter Weir
Material Type: Conference publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marek Haltof
ISBN: 0805778438 9780805778434 0805792449 9780805792447
OCLC Number: 35198525
Description: xviii, 174 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. Peter Weir and the Australian New Wave Cinema --
2. Weir's Australian Gothic: Michael, Homesdale, The Cars That Ate Paris, The Plumber --
3. Children in the Bush: Picnic at Hanging Rock --
4. Dreamtime and Real Time in The Last Wave --
5. The Quest for Self-Identity: Gallipoli --
6. Beyond Shadows: The Year of Living Dangerously --
7. Witness in the Amish Land --
8. Jungle Utopia in The Mosquito Coast --
9. Carpe Diem: Idealism versus Realism in Dead Poets Society --
10. A Parisian in America: Green Card --
11. The Days After: Fearless --
12. Peter Weir's Personal Style.
Series Title: Twayne's filmmakers series.
Responsibility: Marek Haltof.

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During the course of his twenty-odd-year filmmaking career, Peter Weir has accomplished what so many of his protagonists have failed to do: he has become an accepted, integral part of an unfamiliar culture. At the core of most of his films and at the least peripheral to all of them is the idea of the outsider trying - and ultimately failing - to come to terms with a culture vastly different from his own. Weir, a native of Australia whose name was synonymous with Australian cinema in the 1970s, turned to American filmmaking in the 1980s and never looked back. In Peter Weir: When Cultures Collide, Marek Haltof traces Weir's journey from intensely Australian filmmaker to successful Hollywood director, along the way finding surprisingly consistent evidence of Weir's thematic and visual interests despite dramatic changes in his choices of story and locale.

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