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Terence Malick’s work is uncommon in an age of film consumption that rewards mutilative cutting and overproduced storytelling. The visual narrative in his best films, much like Werner Herzog’s, rewards patient viewing wherein the audience’s experience becomes cumulative. The myth of image propels his movies and the standpoint of narration (in this case actually vocalized) is estranging yet oddly intimate. It it impossible to mistake a Malick film for any other because the world of the film is a drastic violence against realist sensiblities. You can feel the slowed pulse of time in The Thin Red Line or Days of Heaven in such a way that it points towards something ineffable, the same way Bresson achieved a kind of psychic mapping of his characters through his actor-model technique in films like Diary of a Country Priest. In Malick’s first feature film, Badlands, he manages to contextualize the American romance with violence, wilderness sanctuary and the road with a kind of deadpan heartbreak that has not been matched since.

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