At least 4 stars for a one of a kind self deprecating Aussie black comedy, even by their standards, and a bonus star for a bloody bonza restoration transcription mate, as beaut as Shirl done up for a grouse pissup in me FJ Holden. Cheers Mubi, you're a real cobber!
A black hole of amorality in the Australian desert that devours civilization in a tribal frenzy of thoroughly undifferentiated libidinal/death instincts. The rite of passage for John Grant (an extremely handsome Bond) is portrayed through rituals of gambling (an amazing 'essay' on magic, money and fetishism) and kangaroo hunting (a really disturbing sequence), orchestrated by retreatist nihilists. A revelation!
I watched this in complete astonishment and awe. It's incredible how quickly things turn increasingly bizarre. An exceptionally funny film too, with the reverential status of beer and the incessant drunken adventures. Yet despite all the madness, the film is a deep, genuine exploration of the thin line between nihilistic chaos and civil life. To quote Doc: "Affectability... progress... are vanities spawned by fear".
Unclassifiable genre film, on a descent into hell that can wait, apparently, any of us. Gary BOND & the awesome Donald PLEASENCE take us on this journey, beyond the limits of the bearable. === Film de genre inclassable, sur une descente aux enfers qui peut attendre, apparemment, n'importe lequel d'entre nous. Gary BOND & le génial Donald PLEASENCE nous entraînent dans ce voyage, au delà des limites du supportable.
In what is probably the greatest movie of Australian cinema, the outback is presented as a living hell soaked with sand, sweat and beer - where civilization is just a cause for longing and alcohol is the only source of quenching the thirst. Seductive and nightmarish, this long lost classic chronicles a descendance into madness and desperation - where awakening is just one stop of bad dream.
A brilliant and disturbing look at the true nature of man and society, showing us the corruption of civilization and the brutality that results in its perversion of the lives of people who are entrapped by it. Also, one of the most insightful and realistic depictions of addiction in the cinema. One of the best films of the 1970s and from the Outback. A bloody masterpiece. Also I will never go to Australia now.
The film was mostly shunned by Australian audiences upon its release and still remains to this day a somewhat neglected classic, even though it won awards and is one of only two films to be shown at Cannes twice. It's thought that Australian's didn't believe it reflected their way of life, but others have said it was painfully accurate for the time. Strangely, it had its most successful run in France
A man drinks, a man gambles, a man loses his meager bankroll due to a poor decision to gamble. A man is surrounded and consumed by reprobates, lowlifes, men of ill-repute and questionable motives. A man takes part in a sadistic, sexualized hunting of helpless animals. A man sinks ever lower discovering there is no bottom. A man meets himself, horrified and repulsed at what he sees. A man awakens to his true nature.