Cinema: Waist-Deep in the Big Money

THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY Directed by Peter Weir Screenplay by David Williamson, Peter Weir and C.J. Koch

In the doldrums of world cinema in the '70s, one national film industry suddenly emerged with the vibrant squalls of a healthy infant: Australia had arrived. From an outback of inactivity a decade before, a flock of young film makers proved they could appeal to a worldwide audience while remaining true to their country's ornery uniqueness. But with success came a more daunting challenge: to remain uncolonized by the New Hollywood. The best directors have been wooed to the U.S. to make the same...

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