After directing two of the most extraordinary movies of the 1970s, Badlands and Days of Heaven, American artist Terrence Malick disappeared from the film world for twenty years, only to resurface in 1998 with this visionary adaptation of James Jones’s 1962 novel about the World War II battle for Guadalcanal. A big-budget, spectacularly mounted epic, The Thin Red Line is also one of the most deeply philosophical films ever released by a major Hollywood studio, a thought-provoking meditation on man, nature, and violence. Featuring a cast of contemporary cinema’s finest actors—Sean Penn, Jim Caviezel, Nick Nolte, Elias Koteas, and Woody Harrelson among them—The Thin Red Line is a kaleidoscopic evocation of the experience of combat that ranks as one of the greatest war films ever produced. —The Criterion Collection
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
A little too portentous for my taste. Of all Malick's films (excluding To the Wonder, which I have yet to see), this one feels most like he was trying to make a Terrence Malick film. The hushed voiceover, for one, is the most vaguely nonsensical in his whole oeuvre. Don't get me wrong; there's a lot of great stuff here (most of it involving Nick Nolte), but Malick's best? Scoff.
Arte pura. Un continuo senso di vuoto, di angoscia per qualcosa di ineluttabile che stà incombendo su uomini in perenne bilico tra la sanità mentale e la follia. Una fotografia eccelsa ci regala una natura maestosa, assolutamente indifferente alla follia umana (sublime la scena del sangue che si perde nella splendida acqua di un ruscello).Regia fantastica con punte di straordinaria intensità. Capolavoro vero.
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This is in fact the most hideously beautiful thing I have ever seen. Terrence Malik is an artist with the camera and this film has the biggest contrast between breathtaking visuals and the horrors… read review
At the core of The Thin Red Line are the devestating and emotionally charged performances of the all-star ensemble cast with Sean Penn, Nick Nolte and Jim Caviezel standing out in particular. The physically… read review