The beginning of the 17th century. America is a seemingly primeval wilderness, populated by a complex weave of native tribes. Although all these native peoples live in harmony with nature, their coexistence as different tribes is an uneasy equilibrium. Inevitably, any intruder from outside this world is bound to upset the balance of these relationships.
In April 1607 three ships appear, carrying 103 passengers. Their own island home, England, is some 5,000 kilometres east. They have been commissioned by their sponsor, the Royal Virginia Company, to found a new home in a place they call “the New World”. This new home is to be a bridgehead for their culture, their religion and their economic system.
The flagship of the fleet is the Susan Constant. Below deck, the rebellious John Smith has been put in irons. He is to be hanged for refusing to obey orders. But Captain Christopher Newport soon gives Smith his freedom again. He knows that he will need every able-bodied man – especially someone of Smith’s abilities – if he is to survive in this wilderness. Neither Newport nor the settlers are aware that they have landed in a highly developed kingdom, ruled by the powerful chief, Powhatan.
The strangers soon discover that they cannot cope alone in their new, rugged environment. Smith decides to ask the tribes for their help, and encounters an ethereal young woman who seems more elfin than human. The name of this wilful, temperamental girl is Pocahontas – “the Playful One”. She is Powhatan’s favourite daughter. Smith and Pocahontas soon find themselves drawn to each other. Their feelings go far beyond friendship, or even romance, and are the basis of one of the most enduring American legends of the last 400 years. —Berlinale
Terrence Malick is one of the great enigmas of contemporary filmmaking, a shadowy figure whose towering reputation rests almost entirely on a pair of near-perfect features released a generation ago. A visual stylist beyond compare, Malick emerged during the golden era of 1970s American movie-making, bringing to the screen a dreamlike, ethereal beauty countered by elliptical, ironic storytelling; resonant and mythic, his films illuminated themes of love and death with rare mastery, their indelible images distinguished by economy and precision. Born in Waco, TX, on November 30, 1943, Malick spent many of his formative summers working as a farmhand, an experience upon which he would draw extensively in his films. Upon graduating from Harvard with a degree in philosophy, he entered Magdalen College in Oxford as a Rhodes scholar, but exited prior to completing his final thesis. On returning to the U.S., he became a freelance journalist, with his byline appearing in such publications as Life… read more
filme que se liga intimamente com a produção posterior de malick, árvore da vida: deus, vida, morte, e vida novamente. a vida é um fluxo frágil e ao mesmo tempo poderoso do ponto de vista de malick. e a maneira como ele consegue trazer este seu lugar de fala para um contexto histórico e sociológico tão específico torna este filme um exemplar do brilhantismo do diretor.
Just watched the theatrical cut for the first time in a while and found it just as compelling as the first time I saw it. I still prefer the extended cut, but it's a masterpiece in any form. This time around, one thing that stood out for me was that Kilcher's performance is flawless. After at least 10+ viewings, I am constantly searching for another film to affect me as this does, but few even come close.
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The New World, director Terrence Malick’s fourth film and fourth breathtaking masterpiece, is many things. It’s a historical exploration of what occurred when the first European explorers clashed with… read review
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Cinema is a visual art, first and foremost. And no other film in this decade, or several others, has been so richly and brilliantly visual. It almost could be a silent film, given Malick’s astonishing… read review