dijous, 12 de març de 2009

Picnic at Hanging Rock


I looked forward to watch the film "Picnic at Hanging Rock" long time ago because I wanted to see his Aesthetics. My big cold has been an excuse for watching it! In fact, I really appreciated it, it's very nice: a lot of flowers, white dresses, pretty faces, a wonderful countryside,... I agree with Nuria: it is a Pre-raphaelte tale.
However, I don't like the story. I find it stupid, without sense. For this reason, I've read a little about it:
I found that "Picnic at Hanging Rock" is a novel by Joan Lindsay, an Australian author. It was first published in 1967 but the plot is placed in XIX century. The film was created in 1975. The mysterious disappearances that happen during that outing have been explained as paranormal elements.
I'm so sorry, but I can't believe in it without any explanation. That's why I wanted to find something more sensible and I found "The secret of Hanging Rock", an unpublished chapter that contains the solution to the mystery. It was originally written as the final chapter. Actually, it was a discussion by some authors (John Taylor, Yvonne Rousseau,...). They agree that much of the power of the book stems from the suggestion that it was a real story, and the fact that the mystery in the book was never solved. So, that explains the decision by the author to remove this material. In conclusion, the success of the book is the several theories that it has created!





1 comentari:

Virginia ha dit...

Thanks for that accurate research! I saw the film quite a long time ago and read the book even before or at the time I saw the film. When working on the Dead Poets Society director Peter Weir, I remembered that film and how much it had impressed me then. I still think it is a celebration of pre-Raphaelite aesthetics, which I appreciate. I love the music too The pan flute is extraordinary!


Concerning the language:

-I wanted to see his aesthetic ... (YOU NEED A NOUN AFTER YOUR ADJECTIVE OR USE "AESTHETICS" WHICH IS THE WORD FOR THE NOUN.)

-it is a PRE-RAPHAELTE tale.
(BOTH NOUN AND ADJECTIVE ARE THE SAME WORD "PRE-RAPHAELTE"

-I wanted to find something more sensible and I FOUND...

-the book was never (0)solved.