Ktismatics

29 August 2009

Picnic at Hanging Rock by Weir, 1975

Filed under: Movies — ktismatics @ 12:15 pm

picnic mirror

picnic red

picnic tied

picnic magnify

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  1. eloise will you hold this post for a while longer, this is an incredible movie of which i saw the first half hour
    and then was interrupted by something, i want to finish it off and discuss

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    Comment by the voice of parodic reason — 29 August 2009 @ 4:18 pm

  2. You might have noticed that the first image looks exactly like that shot in Mulholland Drv when Camilla regards herself in the mirror, and
    the mirror is split further by the small mirror in which Camilla sees a rear projection of Rita; the mirror assemblage resembles
    Lacan’s sexuation graphs. Rita is ”the petit objet a” with which everyone identifies, and to which the phrase ”This is the girl”
    refers. Of course nobody knows the answer because the petit objet a, like the echo of the Australian caves, constantly eludes.

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    Comment by the voice of parodic reason — 29 August 2009 @ 9:40 pm

  3. I wonder if Lynch was citing Picnic at Hanging Rock by using this shot. Though the two films are very different, a mood of mystical mystery infuses both, along with a pervading sense of doom. There’s also this curious use of time: in Mulholland time reverses, in Picnic at H.R. time stops. The French teacher calls the girl, Miranda, a Botticelli angel — a sensuously otherworldly figure, desirable unto death.

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    Comment by john doyle — 30 August 2009 @ 5:07 am

  4. eloise you didn’t respond to my mail about the e-project, the deadlines are 15 september and 15 november respectively. will you mail me in connection herewith?

    somebody at the dutch van eyck academie, where shaviro once lectured, published a deleuzian reading of mulholland which i was quite impressed by, it’s in dutch so i have to translate some relevant segments; she’s also going to publish one on inland empire later this year, where inland gets the treatment of ”film as body” and so on.

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    Comment by the voice of parodic reason — 30 August 2009 @ 6:51 am

  5. Thanks for the reminder about the email, to which I’ve now responded.

    Can you think of any movies in which a man is gazing at his own reflection in a mirror?

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    Comment by john doyle — 30 August 2009 @ 11:02 am

  6. There’s a ton of movies with men gazing at their reflections in the mirror, first thing comes to mind Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver.

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    Comment by the voice of parodic reason — 30 August 2009 @ 8:04 pm


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