The Cinema of Terrence Malick: Poetic Visions of America

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Hannah Patterson
Columbia University Press, 2007 - Performing Arts - 232 pages
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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, contemporary cinema is finally catching up with his vision. This updated second edition of The Cinema of Terrence Malick: Poetic Visions of America charts the continuing growth of Malick's oeuvre, exploring identity, place, and existence in his films. Featuring two new original essays on his latest career landmark and extensive analysis of The Thin Red Line-Malick's haunting screen treatment of World War II-this is an essential study of a visionary poet of American cinema.

  

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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. Read full review

Contents

The Struggle for Wholeness Redemption
14
Motivation and the
27
Badlands Youth Space and the Road
40
Days ofHeaven and the Myth of the West
52
The Western ReMyth
63
Landscape and the Fetishisation of Nature
77
The Young Womans Voice in Badlands and
88
The Symbolic Use of Music
103
The Greatest Generation Steps Over The Thin Red Line
141
Terrence Malicks Adaptation of
152
Terrence Malick Landscape and What is this war in the heart of nature?
164
War and the Question
179
Praising The New World
192
Terrence Malicks The New World
199
Approaching The New World
212
Filmography
222

Sound as Music in the Films ofTerrence Malick
112
The Critical and Commercial Reception of
125

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About the author (2007)

Hannah Patterson is a freelance writer and critic. She is also the co-editor of Contemporary North American Film Directors: A Wallflower Critical Guide (2002).

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