TBT Review: “Picnic At Hanging Rock”

"Picnic at Hanging Rock" (1975)

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A group of girls and a teacher disappear from a volcanic formation known as Hanging Rock while on a school outing on St. Valentine’s Day. The girls are students of Miss Appleyard’s School For Girls, a prestigious private school circa 1900 in the outskirts of Woodend, Australia.

The unexplained vanishing of the girls as well as the school mathematics instructor, Miss McCraw, will create panic among the residents who can speculate about the fate that has befallen the girls and their teacher. As the quest to find them grows ever more hopeless, likewise the mystery around Hanging Rock deepens. As the characters involved begin to come undone by a puzzle that seems to have no answer, we are led through a trail of breadcrumbs towards an unexpected and perhaps undesired end.

The music score in itself proves an amazing backdrop for this film, which include Tchaikowsky’s String Quartet no.1, op.11, Bach’s Prelude No. 1 in c- from The Well-Tempered Clavier, as well as the ominous music that plays during the exact moment the girls disappear. “Picnic At Hanging Rock” won the BAFTA award for Best Cinematography, as well as nominations for the Saturn Award and the British Society of Cinematographers Award.

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