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

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood March 28, 2014 at 11:45AM

Warner Archive Week! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with director Karyn Kusama introducing "The Year of Living Dangerously."
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'The Year of Living Dangerously'
'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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.