Movie Diary 1/18/2022

The Last Wave (Peter Weir, 1977). Holds up pretty well, with lots of dark portents and inexplicable omens. Dick Chamberlain’s natural frostiness is a good match with the civilized hero who must come to terms with being a conduit to a less rational world. David Gulpilil is on form, and Nandjiwarra Amagula, in his only film role, contributes the unforgettable scene where his tribal elder looks at Chamberlain and begins softly intoning, “Who are you? Who are you?” over and over. Eventually the movie has to explain some things, and of course that’s the part that falls short, but until then Weir creates a persuasive mood, especially through sound.