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The contrast between modern, urban civilization and life in the natural world lies at the heart of Nicolas Roeg's visually dazzling drama Walkabout. In broad outline, the plot might resemble a standard fish-out-of-water tale: two city children become stranded in the Australian outback, and struggle to find their way back to civilization with the help of a friendly aborigine boy. But Roeg and screenwriter Edward Bond are concerned with far more than the average wilderness drama, as a shocking act
Jan 1, 1971 Wide
Apr 21, 1998
20th Century Fox
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For the most part, Walkabout is an involving, occasionally hypnotic, motion picture.
Is it a parable about noble savages and the crushed spirits of city dwellers? That's what the film's surface seems to suggest, but I think it's also about something deeper and more elusive: The mystery of communication.
Roeg intercuts images of modern life with the lushness of nature -- offering a stunning fable about the importance of respecting the earth.
[VIDEO] "Walkabout" is a poetic film that incorporates a collective subconscious of humanist values.
Peeling colonialism, awakening and the Dawn of Man are fiercely indicated in Roeg's wondrous fever
Walkabout's obvious concern is the relationship between two parties, separated by centuries of diverting societal behaviors, and thus, differentiated perceptions of sexual roles and etiquette. But what ensues is more ambiguous and interpretative.
Roeg creates in Walkabout a world of his own, a microcosmos that is at once beautiful, primitive, wild, familiar yet unfamiliar, thoughtful, and thought provoking.
Roeg would go on to better films, but the basics of his approach are found in this landmark work of haunting beauty and ugliness.
An innocent family picnic turns existential in Nicolas Roeg's brilliant Walkabout.
intensely felt film about the conflicts between civilization and nature, and the tragedy that can result when two people are unable to communicate
Roeg's points about the contrasts between noble savages and civilized effetes don't stand up terribly well over time. Still, much of the film does hold up.
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