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Picture Show Man, The
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by Stephen Groenewegen

"Nice pictures, where’s the show?"
3 stars

The Picture Show Man is gently nostalgic. It’s another episodic tale set in Australia’s past about a lovable old man (representing Britain and traditionalism) that has difficulty accepting change, and a younger man (Australia) who must learn to stand on his feet.

Director John Power and writer-producer Joan Long make the period setting believable - art direction and costumes are also fine. John Meillon is just right as the showman, and John Ewart entertaining as his pianist. Harold Hopkins from Don’s Party plays Meillon’s son. Rod Taylor is well cast as Pym’s American rival, although he doesn’t have a great deal to do. Judy Morris is odd (too old perhaps for the role?) as a flighty dance instructor.

The film’s chief problem is the script. Most Australians probably know nothing about the travelling cinema exhibitors of the silent and early sound era. The backdrop is fascinating, but the screenplay struggles to attach an interesting story to it. Occasionally, The Picture Show Man just seems to run out of steam.

A lively score from Peter Best (including a jaunty theme song) helps move the film over the slow patches.

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originally posted: 07/25/03 17:44:31
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4/14/05 Charles Slater Anybody who does not enjoy this just isn't a movie lover. After 28 years still in my top 20 5 stars
4/12/05 Mike Willmott It is a beautifully nostalgic look at life in the Australian Country Towns during the 1920s 4 stars
11/23/03 Paul Hynes A fine film - quirky moving and on many levels for people with the time to watch it 4 stars
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Directed by
  John Power

Written by
  Joan Long
  Lyle Penn

  John Meillon
  Rod Taylor
  John Ewart
  Harold Hopkins
  Judy Morris
  Garry McDonald

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