The Films of Peter Weir (英語) ハードカバー – 1998/8
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The Films of Peter Weir examines the Australian director's short films and feature productions since 1970. Analysis of the films is based on the identification and interpretation of recurrent meaning structures, and the tracing of stylistic and thematic continuities across the filmmaker's career. Weir has worked in Australia and Hollywood, and consideration of his films includes study of the circumstances of production, recognition of the contribution of the director's collaborators, and analysis of texts used as sources or allusions from literary and visual arts. Weir's less well known Australian films of the 1970s receive equal treatment alongside the high-profile productions such as Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975). The films are treated in chronological order, with chapters devoted to pairs of films linked in their timing and subject matter, such as Witness (1985) and The Mosquito Coast (1986), as well as to individual key works.
"The second edition of Rayner's book differs from the first in several ways. The author has added eight stills form Weir's films, a discussion of The Truman Show, a more extensive bibliography, Internet resources, and a concluding chapter...Recommended." Choice" --このテキストは、ペーパーバック版に関連付けられています。商品の説明をすべて表示する
The chapters each analyze two of Weir's movies. Sometimes this is interesting (the chapter on Gallipoli and The Year of Living Dangerously), but in other chapters, it's kinda weird (Dead Poets Society and Green Card?). I thought the best information came in the chapter on Picnic at Hanging Rock and the chapter about The Year of Living Dangerously, in which the author compares the structure of the film to a wayang, or a Javanese shadow play.
The book was a slow read for me, though, and I think it's because the writing felt like an academic trying to write on a popular subject rather than a popular writer writing about it, (if that makes any sense). If you're a die-hard Weir fan, you will definitely want to get this book. But I see there are a few other books on Weir out there, so those might be more suitable if you're just a casual fan.