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Original cinema at its best...,
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This review is from: Picnic At Hanging Rock - Deluxe 3 Disc Edition  [DVD] (DVD)
Some films just stand out from the crowd - this is one. In case you're wondering which others are worthy of such lofty praise I'm talking about those movies that only come along every now and again. Movies which are 'outstanding', of any time, of any genre, and judged not only by such things as the sharpness of script, narrative invention, sparkling acting etc, but a magical, almost mythical ingredient. When everything gels you get movies like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, The Godfather, Fargo, Blue Velvet, Life of Brian, The Sound of Music.
It is difficult to home in on the specific ingredients of this film which make it special, but its 'magical ingredient, if found, would be liberally sprinkled on many other movies I'm sure. Each of the films mentioned before generate a special atmosphere, a certain something that grabs you from the start and compels you to keep watching. Picnic At Hanging Rock does just that. A beautifully constructed film in every way and a masterpiece of cinema.