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TOPIC Combine an auteurist approach with a generic approach to discuss the films of a particular director in social cultural and ideological context Briefly outline how this auteur uses genre in the films and critically appraise the ways the auteur uses these generic elements to comment upon American society culture and ideology at particular periods in 20th century American history Peter Weir is an Australia born film director working in the United States and has himself stated Frankly Ive never fit in anywhere This perspective is reflected in Weirs films in which as an auteur he presents the perspective of an individual who is on the outside looking in His characters are all isolated from society in their own way Some examples of such characters are Max a plane crash survivor who can no longer relate to the people or world around him in Fearless 1993 Allie Fox an individual dissatisfied with the materialist society in which he lives in The Mosquito Coast 1986 and in a reversed approach Truman Burbank who is unaware that he is the worlds biggest television star he is the individual on the inside and everyone else is looking at him in The Truman Show 1998 There are other more specific psychological and ideological questions raised by Peter Weirs films as well as general commentary on American society in the twentieth century Weir shares with his contempories - the Scorseses Spielbergs and Lucases - a kind of popular culture that is fundamentally American Quart 1991 112 In Weirs personal point of view The artistic personality belongs deeply nowhere its the person who goes from court to court and plays before the king but never signs up to any particular group and remains a comment on society Some of the comments that Weir makes in the films already mentioned are there is a disparity between what is presented in society as reality and what may actually be real
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