Monday, November 07, 2005

#65: Gallipoli (Peter Weir, 1981)


Because it makes a simple point with shattering clarity.

9 comments:

Ginger said...

Hard not to love, if only for its final, much-copied image. But I wonder if "The Last Wave," my favorite-- and in my opinion the best-- Weir flick will make your list?

tim r said...

Gallingly, I've yet to see it. But there's one higher...

Ginger said...

Hmmm.... I really like, heck, what's it called? The one about the plane crash survivor who thinks he's invincible, with Jeff Bridges. But that one's absolutely ruined by Rosie Perez. I used to like "Picnic at Hanging Rock" but other than the sublime Rachel Roberts, I am kinda embarrassed that I actually went to see this four times during its first run. (Yes. I'm old.)

For me, the most underappreciated Weir film is "The Mosquito Coast."

tim r said...

Fearless. I like that too, and parts of The Mosquito Coast, though it's not a patch on the absolutely terrific book. Picnic at Hanging Rock is very interesting too. I must say, film for film, and excluding the ghastly Dead Poets Society, Weir's right up there with my favourite living directors. The other pick may yet surprise you, but I'll be willing to defend it tooth and claw!

Ginger said...

Oh gawd. I'd erased the memory of "Dead Poets Society." Recalling that one also brought to mind "Green Card," which in fairness is probably very good but I can't bear watching Gerard Depardieu sweat it up.

Nick Davis said...

That you find Dead Poets Society to be ghastly is just one more reason why you are my favorite reviewer. (Oh, and I'm betting that the higher-ranking Weir film includes an awful lot of water, and some Galapagos turtles...)

*Comment delayed by Blogger because I neglected to type "ozfart" on cue.

tim r said...

You got it! After ginger's endorsement, I also just ordered The Last Wave on DVD.

Ginger said...

Enjoy! It will be one of the few times you will get to say "Richard Chamberlain is brilliant" and really mean it.

tim r said...

I've been looking forward to that moment my whole life...