The cinema of Terrence Malick

What if poetry were visual? What if we could watch a movie but at the same time we could get into a new philosophical and beautiful world? What if we could give an answer to all our questions? Terrence Malick’s movies are all that.

This movie director is known for always been controversial with his movies. In all of them there are people that hates them and people that loves them but it cannot let you indifferent. Within people that love his movies, there are the ones who feel relaxed about them and other ones who feel rather thoughtful.


Terrence Malick was born in November 30th, 1943 in Ottawa, Illinois, USA. His family subsequently lived in Oklahoma and he went to school in Austin, Texas. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy in 1965.

His first two films were the now critically acclaimed Badlands (1973) and Days of Heaven (1978). He then took a self-imposed retirement of nearly two decades from film-making before lensing his 1998 adaptation of James Jones’s The red line (1998), which was nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including nods for Malick for directing and adapted screenplay.



The thin red line (1998)

But let’s talk a bit about my impressions on his films. First of all we have The thin red line. which is an adaptation of James Jones’ autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War. This movie make us think about life and death. Life on its meaning, death on its inevitability. What is life? People searching for meaning in a war. What is death? People losing it in a war.



The tree of life (2011)

There can be any movie more controversial that The tree of life? This movie is the story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents’ conflicting teachings.



Badlands (1973)

Although we can realize that Badlands is the first full-length film from Malick, we can see some points that are always in all his films. The narrator-protagonist and the aesthetics. This movie is about an impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands. If you are interested on Malick’s cinema, do not forget this one.


Until then keep watching!


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