The Cinema of Terrence Malick: Poetic Visions of America / Edition 2

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905674268
  • Publisher: Wallflower Press
  • Publication date: 11/12/2007
  • Series: Directors' Cuts Series
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsNotes on ContributorsIntroduction: Poetic Visions of America, by Hannah Patterson1. All Things Shining: The Struggle for Wholeness, Redemption and Transcendence in the Films of Terrence Malick, by Ron MottramThrough the Badlands Into Days of Heaven: Malick's Filmmaking in the 1970s2. Two Characters in Search of a Direction: Motivation and the Construction of Identity in Badlands, by Hannah Patterson3. The Highway Kind: Badlands, Youth, Space and the Road, by Neil Campbell4. Days of Heaven and the Myth of the West, by Joan McGettigan5. Terrence Malick and Arthur Penn: The Western Re-Myth, by John Orr6. 'Enjoying the Scenery': Landscape and the Fetishisation of Nature in Badlands and Days of Heaven, by Ben McCann7. Innocents Abroad: The Young Woman's Voice in Badlands and Days of Heaven, with an Afterword on The New World, by Anne Latto8. Listening to the Aquarium: The Symbolic Use of Music in Days of Heaven, by Richard Power9. Sound as Music in the Films of Terrence Malick, by James WierzbickiNegotiating The Thin Red Line10. 'Everything a Lie': The Critical and Commercial Reception of Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line, by Martin Flanagan11. The Greatest Generation Steps Over The Thin Red Line, by John Streamas12. The Other World of War: Terrence Malick's Adaptation of The Thin Red Line, by Stacey Peebles13. Terrence Malick, Landscape and 'What is this war in the heart of nature?', by Robert Silberman14. Terrence Malick's Heideggerian Cinema: War and the Question of Being in The Thin Red Line, by Marc Furstenau and Leslie MacAvoyDiscovering The New World15. Praising The New World, by Mark Cousins16. Making Worlds, Making Pictures: Terrence Malick's The New World, by James Morrison17. Approaching The New World, by Adrian MartinFilmographyBibliographyIndex

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