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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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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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Talkin’ ’bout A Revolution: Soderbergh’s The Argentine And Guerilla

The roots of the two part film adaptation of revolutionary Che Guevara’s Cuban revolution and squalid Bolivian downfall arose from a mutual interest in the story between Benicio Del Toro and director Steven Soderbergh, debated at length during the filming of the latter’s Traffic. Del Toro was one of the film’s producers and spent several […]

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