Director Terrence Malick was one of the most meticulous, original and enigmatic American filmmakers to emerge in the vaunted 1970s. Unlike other equally gifted directors who came of age during that ti...
Unlike most of his contemporaries, writer/director Terrence Malick lives his life shrouded in secrets. Since 1973, he's only made five films (with a sixth on the way) and even when his movies arrive in theaters, rarely is the filmmaker seen or heard by the general public. His work, his art stands on its own, ready for interpretation, scrutiny and consumption.
His latest, Tree of Life, has been blowing movie-going audience's minds since it opened in May, but only now does the film's true mystery start to unravel. While the movie dabbles in religious study, existential thought, visual poetry and everything in-between, at its core, it may have even deeper meanings. Namely, Malick's intense love for rapper/media mogul Diddy song "Coming Home." Bet the Cannes crowd didn't catch that one.
Think we're joking? Play the trailer for Tree of Life simultaneously with the Dirty Money Last Train to Paris single and, suddenly, things start to click. Looks like Malick has done it again, delivering the world a modern day "Dark Side of the Moon"/Wizard of OZ. Check out the two videos below (remember to turn down the volume on Tree of Life), or for an even better look/listen, try TurnTubelist -- it does all the work for you!
Thanks to @ctplante for bringing this pop culture revelation to our attention.
"This guy was an incredible athlete, it turns out. And he's quite competitive. I never expected it. He's so soft spoken and so sweet and attentive to everyone on set, but get a ball in his hand and man, he's vicious." Brad Pitt was stunned by shy director Terrence Malick's sporting prowess.
Director Terrence Malick may be preparing a special edition of The Tree of Life that runs about six hours. Granted, this is coming from an English translation of a French article with a Mexican cinematographer found on an IMDb message board, but it's a possibility nonetheless. The final film's cut runs a hair shy of two hours and twenty minutes, and according to the article, Malick's original cut was around 8 hours and he's got a total of 370 hours of footage just sitting around somewhere. Needless to say, holy shit.
While I have yet to see the film, the reviews I’ve seen have been anywhere from the greatest thing ever put to film since Citizen Kane to the largest pile of pretentious shit ever put to film since Citizen Kane. With reviews like that it’s a wonder I haven’t seen it yet. But a six-hour cut of a film? That’s pushing it even if it is one of the greatest pieces of art ever produced. I get bored just thinking about it.
Source: Movie Line
The Hangover sequel, starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis and set in Bangkok, Thailand, easily stumbled its way to the top of the box office chart, having taken $118.1 million (£73.8 million) since opening across America on Thursday (26May11).
It is expected to rake in a few more million in ticket sales once figures from America's Memorial Day long weekend are counted on Monday (30May11).
Jack Black and Angelina Jolie's animated comedy Kung Fu Panda 2 opened in second place with $48 million (£30 million), while Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides rounds out the top three with $39.3 million (£24.56 million) in its second week on release.
Meanwhile, Brad Pitt's new drama The Tree of Life performed well on limited release - the Terrence Malick film took $352,320 (£220,200) from screenings in just four theatres in New York and Los Angeles.
The father-of-six plays an abusive dad in new movie The Tree of Life, but he refused to let the intense filming process affect the way he brought up his kids with actress girlfriend Angelina Jolie while shooting the Terrence Malick project.
He tells Eonline.com, "I certainly don't raise my kids that same way. I'm painfully aware that my actions have an indelible mark on them in these formative years.
"I make sure I don't bring my c**p home. I want to keep them free. I want them to explore that innocence as long as possible and find out what's interesting to them. I just don't want to encumber them in any way."
The filmmaker is currently working on an as-yet-untitled love story with McAdams, Ben Affleck and Javier Bardem, and he took The Notebook star on a mini-tour of a small town to give her a sense of where her character, Jane, would have spent her youth.
She tells Elle magazine, "It was great working with Terrence Malick recently. He took me around a town where my character would have lived and pointed out, 'Perhaps you grew up in that house, and your dad worked at that building, and you went to that school.' I found it incredibly helpful."
But McAdams admits she is still unsure as to what exactly the story is about.
She says, "You don't know with Terry... All I can say is, it was a very satisfying, unique way of shooting. And (the film) will probably be very beautiful.
"It's probably not a romantic comedy but... I still can't be sure! You never know."
However, Malick's unusual approach to filmmaking appears to be paying off - his new movie The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, claimed the prestigious Palme d'Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival in France on Sunday (22May11).
The new drama, starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain, premiered at the event in France last week (ends22May11) and went on to win the festival's top award on Sunday (22May11).
Malick didn't promote the film with its stars and he was not present when the Palme d'Or was handed out, but producer Bill Pohlad has now explained why the notoriously publicity-shy moviemaker did not turn up.
He tells reporters at Cannes, "Why isn't he here? I'm not saying it's an easy question to answer, he is personally a very humble guy and a very shy guy. A lot of people... (see) this kind (of) behaviour as a bit of an act, but it's not that way with Terry. He sincerely wants the work to speak for itself."
The movie, directed by Terrence Malick, follows the fortunes of two young boys brought up by a strict, brutal and demanding father - played by Pitt.
The film divided critics at Cannes when it debuted last week (beg16May11), garnering boos and lacklustre applause from the audience, but triumphed on Sunday (22May11).
Kirsten Dunst took home the Best Actress award for her role in Melancholia - the film in competition from director Lars von Trier, who was banned from the festival after joking that he was a Nazi and "understood" Hitler.
Dunst sat next to von Trier as he made his controversial comments at a press conference and clearly looked uncomfortable.
Director Terrence Malick's long-awaited film, his first since 2006, shows Pitt as a brutal and strict father, while Penn plays his eldest son as a grown man.
It debuted for the Cannes crowd at a press screening earlier this week, but the movie failed to impress the notoriously tough film critics, with several giving long boos while others handed the film a very short round of applause.
But Malick was not there to witness the varied reaction to his work - the famously shy moviemaker did not turn up to the screening.
Pitt defended Malick's decision to stay away, insisting it is not up to the director to "sell" the movie, adding: "I don't know why it's accepted that people who make things in our business are then expected to sell them, and I don't think that computes with him. He wants to focus on the making of it, not the real estate, selling the real estate. It is an odd thing for an artist to start something and then be salesman."
The film's producer Sarah Green added, "Mr Malick is very shy, and I would say that I believe his work speaks for itself."
Fincher saw off competition from The Dark Knight's Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese in the EW.com survey.
Naming Fincher their number one, editors state, "His taut, meticulous thrillers reflect his own irrepressible obsessiveness, but his last two films are the work of a supremely confident maestro of visual storytelling.
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button earned him his first Oscar nomination, and his Social Network proved even computer-programming could be riveting."
The top 10 is:
1. David Fincher
2. Christopher Nolan
3. Steven Spielberg
4. Martin Scorsese
5. Darren Aronofsky
6. the Coen Brothers
7. Quentin Tarantino
8. Terrence Malick
9. Clint Eastwood
10. Pedro Almodovar.
First released film where he received screenplay credit, "Pocket Money"
Directed second feature, "Days of Heaven" (film spent two years in post-production)
First produced screenplay, "Deadhead Miles" (film was shelved until 1982 release)
Did uncredited work on the screenplay for "Drive, He Said"
Taught philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Directed fifth feature, "The Tree of Life," which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival
Feature producing and directing debut, "Badlands"; also scripted and acted in a bit part
Moved to Paris for several years
Wrote and directed first film in twenty years, "The Thin Red Line"
Reportedly worked on script for "Dirty Harry"
Published a translation of Martin Heidegger’s The Essence of Reasons
Worked as journalist in the mid-1960s; writings published in Newsweek, Time and The New Yorker
Directed the the pre-colonial epic "The New World," a revisionist take on the story of Pocahontas and John Smith
Co-wrote script for "The Gravy Train" with Bill Kerr (credited under the pseudonym David Whitney)
Directed his thesis film "Lanton Mills"
Director Terrence Malick was one of the most meticulous, original and enigmatic American filmmakers to emerge in the vaunted 1970s. Unlike other equally gifted directors who came of age during that time like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Spielberg, Malick's source of inspiration came from his rural, rather than urban, roots, which were often displayed with lush photography and deeply resonant voiceovers that waxed philosophical about humanity's place in nature. But after directing two excellent and widely revered films, "Badlands" (1973) and "Days of Heaven" (1978), Malick suddenly disappeared, going into self-imposed exile at a time when he was at the height of his command. Rumors abounded as to his whereabouts, until it finally became clear that he took up residence in Paris and proceeded to live in semi-seclusion, emerging only for uncredited rewrite work on several films. Twenty years had passed by the time he returned to filmmaking with the poignant antiwar masterpiece, "The Thin Red Line" (1998), and lyrical epics like "The New World" (2005) and "The Tree of Life" (2011), all of which proved to doubtful critics that Malick was still a master filmmaker at the top of his game.
Together in the late 1970s
Worked for Phillips Petroleum
Was badly burned in a car accident, that took his wife's life
Was studying guitar in Spain, when he reportedly broke his hands in frustration with his progress; later committed suicide
Credited with continuity on Malick's "The Thin Red Line" (1998)
Had a bit part in "The Thin Red Line" (1998); mother, Alexandra Wallace
Had a bit part in "The Thin Red Line" (1998); mother, Alexandra Wallace
Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute
Magdalen College, Oxford University
St Stephen's Episcopal School
The place of his birth is listed as Waco, Texas or Ottawa, Illinois depending on the source.