138 Great Directors: Peter Weir

“What I can’t do is what I consider children’s films, infantile subject matter. The caped-crusader-type stuff is not for me…When I began making films, they were just movies. ‘What’s the new movie? What are you doing?’ Now they’re called ‘adult dramas’. Sounds like a porno film because the majority of the marketplace is devoted to children.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Body of work.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: I haven’t seen Truman Show in a while, but probably that.

What Did I Watch: Rewatched Master and Commander for the first time in 14 years.

Where Does He Fit: I first saw Master and Commander theatrically because my dad wanted to see it, and since I was 9 years old, of course I hated it. (I also think I may have been sick at the time?) This was a very productive revisit. The human element is hard to keep track of since there’s so many people, but Russell Crowe works as a throughline, and more importantly, the cinematography and especially the sound are astonishing. The opening sequence is a great test for how much you will like this, with the cannons and chaos capturing the great mundanities of a battle thanks to a limited color palette and creaking planks.


Most Valuable Asset: Isolated people.
Most Excited For: Picnic at Hanging Rock.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Sure.

Coming Up Next: Emir Kusturica, two time Palme winner.


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