Nobody captures the simplicity of life on film like writer, director Terrence Malick.
Update: Just Jared released new images of Christian Bale and Natalie Portman on the set of Terrence Malick’s ‘Knight of Cups.’
From Badlands, to Days of Heaven, to The Thin Red Line and last years The Tree of Life, Malick treats his films like visions and memories. The little laughs, the holding of the hands, the light breaking through the trees, everything he shoots is poetic and steeply rooted in his version of life.
His films don’t look like George Lucus’ or Ridley Scott’s or James Cameron’s. His films are much more dry and tangibly. You feel like you can reach out and touch them. Not every shot has a green screen in the distance or is computer enchanted in post. In fact, after nearly thirty years away from Hollywood, famed special effects supervisor Douglas Trumbull contributed to the visual effects work on The Tree of Life. Malick, a friend of Trumbull, approached him about the effects work and mentioned that he did not like the look of computer-generated imagery. Trumbull asked Malick, “Why not do it the old way? The way we did it in 2001?” And they did.
That is just the type of filmmaker he is. Old school. A director that has always confessed that he wished he had the talent to write novels instead of write movies and direct. If that doesn’t give you insight into the man after you watch his films, then nothing will. I can’t help you and you are just one of those people who don’t like Terrence Malick films. And that’s okay, he is a required taste. I would just say, give it a second chance before writing it off forever. Lots of great things in life suck the first time. Sex for the first time can suck, especially for woman. Smoking cigarettes for the first time defiantly sucks, and the first time you try your fathers whisky you feel like you just sucked on an alcohol swab. But then you try all those wonderful things again and you realize they are fantastic. The same can be said about Malick and other filmmakers through out history. Woody Allen famously crushed Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” only to admits years later in multiple interviews that ’2001′ is a sci-fi classic and one of the greatest films of the 1960′s. When did he figure this all out, according to Allen he realized its greatness after he was convinced to watch it for a second time.
These images below are from one of Terrence Malick‘s multiple film projects. He is currently shooting, at different times, the doucmentary “The Voyage of Time” and a pair of feature films, the formerly titled “Lawless,” and “Knight of Cups.”
The images below are of Christian Bale and Natalie Portman in “Knights of Cups.” If you are new to the Terrence Malick club then you don’t know not to ask me what they are about. I have no idea and no one else that’s not directly involved does either. Malick doesn’t have a press agent. He doesn’t put out details. If you want to know what his films are about, find out what film festival they are premiering at and do your best to get a ticket. Oh, and I hope you can afford air fair to Venice or Cannes, because that’s where his films usually debut.
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