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3.8
3,948 Ratings

The New World

Directed by Terrence Malick
United States, United Kingdom, 2005
Biography, Drama, History

Synopsis

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…

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The New World Directed by Terrence Malick

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2006 | Nominee: Best Achievement in Cinematography

Mar del Plata International Film Festival

2006 | Winner: Kodak Award (Emmanuel Lubezki)

The infinite sublimity of the natural world, a theme common to all of Malick but whose depiction in this film’s first hour may never have been surpassed, should have been a utopia within which cohabitation—of beliefs, ideas, skills, and cultures—could thrive. Instead, the corporatist British, believing themselves educators, governed by notions of authoritarian occupation and control, rather than by any American dream worthy of the name, tore it down.
May 23, 2017
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It tells a tragic story: a loss of promise, the end of a dream of a return to a golden age. But the film includes two complementary voyages of discovery: not only that of the English to Virginia but also that of the Virginian Pocahontas to England… Acknowledging the betrayals and exploitation that founded our modern world, Malick’s cinema also understands that true tragedy forbids simple nostalgia for a lost world.
July 25, 2016
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The only liberation from this life is death, which Malick films with brio, charting the transmigration of the woman’s soul back to her home with the aid of Wagner and a barrage of ecstatic imagery. It remains the single greatest sequence of Malick’s career, and the apotheosis of the film’s seamless fusion of history, myth, and individual expression.
July 25, 2016
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