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Nature, philosophy, intimacy. How and what does the great Terrence Malick shoot

Today, the anniversary 75 is celebrating its anniversary without great exaggeration. Terrance Malik - a former teacher of philosophy, just a philosopher and director, who is not ashamed to assign the now-popular title “visionary”. Two years ago, a recluse and perfectionist finished shooting his new film Radegund - the history of the Austrian Franz Egerstetter, who was executed for refusing to serve in the Nazi army. True, if we take into account the love of Malik for a long installation, the expectations of the painting may be delayed.

In honor of the birthday of Terrence Malik, they decided to recall his filmography and highlight the five distinguishing features of his directorial style. Sure, they can be found in the new picture.


Usually, a voice-over in a movie is associated with a bad scenario - it seems like everything has to be shown through actions and visual images, and so it is pronounced out loud for some reason. Malik has another case - even his debut film "Desolace"Began with a scene in which the heroine Sissy Spacek utters a voice-over monologue about the difficult life of a teenager. The master uses a banal technique to make the viewer feel the hero and his experiences - the internal dialogues do not move the plot of the picture and do not explain it. If in the early paintings there was one voice, then later films, starting with "Thin red line"Already switch to polyphony. Each voice is unique in its own way, but equally pathetic, especially in later scenes. Many try to name the contents of the Malikovsky voice-over to the cinema equivalent of the literary “stream of consciousness”, but this is not entirely correct: his characters always speak in a structured and reasonable manner, without going into the description of random thoughts, memories and associations.

Binding to the hero

All the films of Terrence Malik are tied to the main characters - even the earliest ones, but it is in “Wastes” that there is a single episode that violates the uncut style (perhaps that is why it is black and white). For the rest - pure subjective experience of the character. The viewer sees only what the hero sees or says aloud (and to himself). From later pictures, a widescreen camera pursues the actor, interrupting only on the shooting of nature. We will never know what happens outside the frame - for example, how are enemies in the films “The Thin Red Line” or “New World”.


In Malik’s films, scenes with heroes alternate with shots of nature (in the documentary “Time Travel”, he finally got rid of unnecessary people). This is a visualization of the philosophical ideas of the director - not only Dasein Heidegger, but also the banal inseparability of man from nature. He shoots her with natural light, giving even the simplest scenes with inner poetry and deep meaning thanks to classical music. However, inseparability does not mean symbiosis - in the “Thin Red Line” and “New worldThe characters even conflict with nature. True, in the later pictures the heroes no longer show such audacity.


Malika is often called an apprentice. Tarkovsky and the successor of his ideas. The American is, of course, original, but with a domestic genius he certainly peeped a passion for the elements. Water, fire, air and earth are not just nature, but real power that influences heroes and spectators. Water and fire fascinate Malik especially - true, if in the early films the first element prevailed, the later pictures are concentrated on the second.

Intimacy and tactility

A special place in the directory of special techniques of Terrence Malik is occupied by touching and stroking. From the "New World" camera Emmanuelle Lubecký (he, by the way, was born on the same day as Terrence!) crossed the line of what was permitted and penetrated the intimate space of the characters, most often the stars of the first magnitude. Obsession with human interaction creates a tactile film - the viewer feels all the intentionally slow and gentle movements of the characters, who put each other's hands on their shoulders, run their fingers through their hair, and simply touch each other.

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