Long before Sofia Coppola’s portrayal of the lace nightgown clad Lisbon girls(Virgin Suicides, 1999) there were Peter Weir’s dreamy Victorian girls from Picnic at hanging rock. An overload of lace, mystery, haunting femininity, a dreamy, misty atmosphere, the theme of innocence of youth and fragility of young females make this movie a beautiful source of inspiration for many including quite obviously the talented Miss Coppola.
The movie tells a true story of the mysterious disappearance of three boarding school girls and their teacher during a picnic at a geological formation known as Hanging Rock(in central Victoria, Australia) on Valentine’s Day in 1900. The reason for their disappearance, whether by human, natural or supernatural agency, is never discovered, but their disappearance had a profound effect upon everybody in their community. In 1975 Peter Weir made this stylish movie adaptation of the story.
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