Very intrigued. I must see this.
It's so easy to lose yourself in the environments. The characters felt like backdrops to the stunning American landscapes. The wheat fields whipping in the wind; the numerous shots of wildlife; the thunderheads rolling in on the horizon; the pastel skylines at twilight... The film is so visually decadent that the narrative felt superfluous to me. It's truly beautiful.
I think what makes Malick an interesting director is how failures (of every type) wander into his movies. You can't truly understand his movies without knowing what went on beyond the scenes (as opposed to someone Like Gilliam). DOH is his best failure, perfection coming from its very imperfection. But when poetic film making is reduced to a gal dancing barefoot in the field you know you've lost it...
Una normale storia di amore ed odio viene resa bellissima dall'estetica divina di Mallick.La fotografia è quasi inarrivabile,tale da creare un affresco sospeso nel tempo.La camera a volte dà l'impressione di parlare e riesce ad emozionare con semplici movimenti,senza fronzoli:quando i braccianti lavorano la terra sembra che il sudore trasudi dallo schermo.Peccato che dopo tutto ciò si sia preso una pausa di 20 anni.
"Nobody sent us letters. We didn’t receive no cards. Sometimes I’d feel very old… like my whole life’s over… like I’m not around no more".
Love, passion, jealousy, greed, lust. All these human feelings are magnificently portrayed and shaped as an elegiac parabola by Malick. Beautifully photographed/musically composed by Almendros and Morricone, respectively. The ending, so subtle and emblematic, portrays us (humans), and our continuity of being 'us'. A unending cicle of feelings that are converted into actions: we are not saints nor demons too.
Simply perfection. Malick's second is essential cinema and perhaps the greatest achievement in cinematography bar none. There is not one wasted shot in the film yet the beauty and capture of light never take away from the story. Almendros won the much deserved oscar but this is a film that should have been recognized in many categories that year. Well cast, gorgeous music by Morricone and Leo Kotke. Total wow.
Not my favorite Terrence Malick outing but a beautiful film nonetheless. Richard Gere looks really young but isn't quite compelling enough. Great photography, though, and really impressive period art direction. There is also a sequence involving a field fire which is stunningly produced. Malick knows how to throw you in the middle of things and his careful eye for composition makes for a good film.
"He used to amuse us, he used to entertain us." It had been a while since I'd seen this. Still hard to believe that VO and often unrelated (but stunning) imagery have been at the center Malick's style from the beginning. Such a novelesque filmmaker. He has such a unique way of connecting the beginning of actions through edit -never does the audience feel like they are in the middle of the scene. His films are built of flashes of memory.
Finally got to see my favorite Malick film on film at the Harvard Film Archive. Though there were some strange color shifts probably due to age, it was a truly beautiful experience. The warmth of projected light and the cyclical dream Malick weaves was hypnotic. I took my Mom to see it and she seemed to enjoy it as much as me :)
VIsually astounding. The film masterfully creates a time, place, feel, atmosphere, and way of life that is very interesting to watch. I actually found the work sequences to be the most interesting parts, with the emotional elements subdued. This feels intentional as you are often given half conversations, usually inaudible under loud noise, but I found myself not caring much for the characters by the end. Every one did a good job acting wise, I just didn't feel invested in them. This voice over took some time, but I eventually came around. Light machine replacing man theme through out. May enjoy more on a reviewing.
Director of Photography, Nestor Almendros, was slowly going blind during shooting. He had one of his assistants take Polaroids of each scene, then examined them through very strong glasses and made his adjustments.
A perfect film. It's not as ambitious as Tree of Life and it doesn't have the same emotional impact many scenes in The Thin Red Line had on me, but I think this may be Terrence Malick's best film. This is certainly his greatest achievement in visual storytelling. I love Linda Manz and her narration, I love Morricone's score, I love everything in this movie. It is so haunting, so beautiful, so original.
So beautiful. I hate it when people complain about Linda Manz and her narration, because for me, it's one of the films strongest aspects.
as always, Terrence Malick is mesmerized by innocence & how it impacts progression in life. and of course nature plays a generous role to affirm what the actors are doing. a beautiful movie filled with beautiful shots & to-the-point script. nothing is out of place, no sub plots, just the story of the four characters. the only thing i didn't like is the ongoing music which was so uncharacteristic in later films.