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 had just so many years to live.“); or in The Thin Red line, both channelling Colonel Tall’s (Nick Nolte) direct inner monologue (“The closer you are to Caesar, the greater the fear”) or poetic meditation in the abstract (“This great evil, where’s it come from? How’d it steal into the world? What seed, what root did it grow from? Who’s doing this? Who’s killing us, robbing us of life and light, mocking us with the sight of what we might’ve known?”).
Here is a video by Scott Tobias and Kevin B.Lee of The Dissolve on the evolution of voiceover in Malick’s work, freeing him to become more abstract and wide ranging in his compositions.
Originally posted 2014-10-19 10:30:36. Republished by Blog Post Promoter