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First Glimpse of the Magic Hour: A Beginner’s Look at Malick’s The Thin Red Line

I’ve been involved, off and on, with the story of The Thin Red Line in various incarnations for about six months now. I spent nearly a month alone weeding through the massive, dense, spectacular original novel by James Jones. Then watched the 1964 film adaptation. Then found a draft of the screenplay by Terrence Malick, […]

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Terrence Malick: The Art Of Voiceover

No film-maker employs voiceover quite like Terrence Malick, or as often. Sometimes it can seem naive, like Sissy Spacek’s Holly in Badlands (“One day, while taking a look at some vistas in Dad’s stereopticon, it hit me that I was just this little girl, born in Texas, whose father was a sign painter, who only […]

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A Hill Away From Malick: Andrew Marton’s The Thin Red Line

Author James Jones exploded onto the literary scene in 1951 with From Here to Eternity, a fictionalized account of his experience in Hawaii before and during the attack on Pearl Harbor. A film version came two years later and was instantly deemed a classic as it swept that year’s Academy Awards, winning eight out of […]

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Malick’s The Thin Red line: An Addendum

Two major WWII films were released in 1998, both to critical acclaim. Now, I like Saving Private Ryan, I also like The Thin Red Line. But which is better? There’s only one way to find out – FIGHT! To be serious though, each has both merits and faults. I am firmly in the camp that Ryan is two brilliant, visceral, “war […]

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First Glimpse Of The Magic Hour: A Beginner’s Look At Malick’s Badlands

  Hi, I’m Noel. I’ve never before seen a Terrence Malick film, and Tim was kind enough to invite me to Cinetropolis for a series of articles in which I’ll explore Malick’s works for the first time, starting with his directorial efforts, then following up with a look at additional films he wrote and/or produced. […]

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First Glimpse of the Magic Hour: A Beginner’s Look at Malick’s Days of Heaven

Amidst the great depression, a young man named Bill (Richard Gere) kills the foreman of his factory during an angry spat, and runs from Chicago with his young sister Linda (Linda Manz), and his lover Abby (Brooke Adams), also posing as a sister of his so as to allay the puritan suspicions of the time. […]

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