The Cinema of Terrence Malick: Poetic Visions of America
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With 2005's acclaimed and controversial "The New World," one of cinema's most enigmatic filmmakers returned to the screen with only his fourth feature film in a career spanning thirty years. While Terrence Malick's work has always divided opinion, his poetic, transcendent filmic language has unquestionably redefined modern cinema, and with a new feature scheduled for 2008,...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Wallflower Press (first published March 2004)
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Esteban del Mal
Dec 11, 2010 Esteban del Mal rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Terrence Malick fans
The best of the bunch:

Terrence Malick and Arthur Penn: The Western Re-Myth by John Orr;

The Greatest Generation Steps Over The Thin Red Line by John Streamas;

Praising The New World by Mark Cousins (my personal favorite because it reads almost like a Goodreads review -- the author admits to being reduced to tears by the movie, plucks a weed from the grave of David Hume, mails it to Malick, and gets a phone call from the director a few months later).
A very mixed bag. Some essays are incredibly insightful, and others essentially re-state what any layperson would know: e.g. The Thin Red Line was not marketed as successfully as Saving Private Ryan. I would definitely like to see more on the Malick-Heidegger connections, and less overly simplistic views of why Malick films are not commercial successes in America.

At times, the amateurish nature of some of these essays is transparent, like when two consecutive authors refer to the same shot as p...more
Most of the essays in this collection either lacked insight or were way off base (in my view) about how to interpret Malick's films. Chapter 11 is especially bad when it comes to Malick interpretation. This book appears to be a commissioned work for a series. And, in general, this book reads like it is filling some sort of role rather than really going deep into Malick's work.

There are couple of exceptions. The first essay is insightful, although Mottran does not go into very much depth concerni...more
I would guess that if you were to purchase this book, then you are already a fan of Terrence Malick's work. That being said, you should be able to find something in this collection of essay's that will deepen your understanding of his films.

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