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Trailers from Hell Looks at Peter Weir’s ‘The Year of Living Dangerously’

Trailers from Hell Looks at Peter Weir's 'The Year of Living Dangerously'

Warner Archive Week! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with director Karyn Kusama introducing “The Year of Living Dangerously.”

Peter Weir’s superb political thriller set against the
upheaval of Sukarno’s Indonesia is suspenseful, smart and beautifully acted
with top honors going to Linda Hunt’s gender-bending triumph as
photo-journalist Billy Kwan who strikes the romantic sparks between the more
conventional duo played by Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver. The title was
Sukarno’s prophetic phrase for the year 1965. Filming in Manila was disrupted
by death threats from Moslem radicals and most of the film was shot in
Australia. Composer Maurice Jarre eschewed his typically epic orchestrations
for a low key electronic score bolstered by ancient tribal instruments.

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