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The Art of Detection Series
The public's never-ending fascination with detective stories stretches at least as far back as the 19th century, and continues today. Join us as we wrap up this series of detective films and TV shows with Picnic at Hanging Rock . We've had fun presenting examples of the classic detective, but also branching out to include broader definitions of "detective," as well as exciting mysteries from countries such as the United Kingdom and Australia. As always, enjoy a brief presentation by a School of Theatre, Film & Television faculty member just before the screening.
Next Season: Join us for Made in Tucson: Films from the Old Pueblo.
FEATURED WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2015
Most detective movies ask "who done it?" If they're particularly ambitious, they might ask "how" or "why" as well. We enjoy these movies b/c they also answer those questions. There are also detective films that ask, "Who are we?" Or, "What happened?" or, "Does it matter?" And these films are not kind enough to give us the answer. In those circumstances, we become the detective, probing the mystery that film holds out to us.
One of the key entries in "the last new wave," Australia's resurgent art cinema of the late '70s and early '80s, Picnic At Hanging Rock draws its air of cosmic horror from the titular location itself. Based on Joan Lindsay's book of the same name, Peter Weir's first film traded on all-too-convincing reputation as a "true story" 20 years before the Coen Brothers pulled the same trick in Fargo . Observing the alien landscape in all its watchful stillness, and the Victorian school girls so obviously out of place within it, it's not hard to see why even today, people believe this to be a real-life, unsolved mystery.
Preceded by the short film,
The Let Down
by 2014 UA Film & Television
alum, Ashley Foxx
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