The Last Wave
Idiosyncratic yet determinedly mainstream, the career of director Peter Weir hardly gets the critical attention it deserves. An Australian, Weir has spent the majority of his career in Hollywood where he has consistently churned out high-quality commercial fare (Witness, The Truman Show). But his early work in his native Australia confers to him the status of artist. His Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) was one of the first films of the "new Australian cinema" of the 1970s. Weir would follow it up with another critical success, The Last Wave, which the Criterion Collection has recently released on DVD.
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