Terrence Malick’s editor Billy Weber on the art of voiceover.
In this series of behind the scenes videos, we get an insightful view of Terrence Malick’s approach to filmmaking. Despite his absence in the videos (of course!) his touch is felt throughout the series as actors Olga Kurylenko, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, and Javier Bardem, and producers Sarah Green and Nicolas Gonda and others share their perspectives on how it is to work with the filmmaker and his free-flowing style to making wondrous films. With the lack of interviews and other content opening the public to the world of Terrence Malick, these behind the scenes videos to the upcoming To the Wonder are a treat. Enjoy!
Previously on Cinephilia & Beyond:
Press shy, mercurial and often leaving his actors a bit baffled (just ask Ben Affleck, Richard Gere or Christopher Plummer), it’s often hard to get a read on just who Terrence Malick is. Eccentric genius? Reclusive philosopher? Well, while that is open for speculation, the oddball facts about Malick are a bit more fun to toss around, such as his apparent love for “Zoolander.” What else does he like? Dancing. Thanks to the wonder (ha!) of the interwebs, a brief video has surfaced of Malick doing some country western dancing just like regular people. That’s right, the Rhodes Scholar and Harvard philosophy major likes to unwind in your local country dive bar, getting down and dancing. We’ll buy you a pitcher any time, Terry.
Absence of Malick (2003). An overview of the making of Terrence Malick’s Badlands, coupled with a examination of the mysterious personality of Malick himself.
At the 2011 Virginia Film Festival, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and the Library of Congress cosponsored a screening of director Terrence Malick’s first film, ‘Badlands,’ which starred Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek. After the film was shown, Spacek and her husband, Jack Fisk, joined TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz on stage at the historic Paramount Theater to discuss the making of ‘Badlands’ and how it affected their later careers. (Fisk was the production designer on that film and on Malick’s subsequent projects, as well.)
Previously on Cinephilia and Beyond:
- Absence of Malick, David Handelman
- Unproduced Screenplays Of Terrence Malick: “The English Speaker”
- Rosy-Fingered Dawn: A Film on Terrence Malick
Absence of Malick, David Handelman (PDF).
A lot of my journalism isn’t on the Internet, but when people write to ask me for a copy of an article, it’s never, say, when I took the Beastie Boys to Graceland. No, what they clamor for — still — is a piece I did 25 years ago, that by now has become my equivalent of a defining first hit single that a band never recovers from. But — as I often tell actors who bemoan being identified with one role — it’s better to have one of those than none, right? It’s a piece I’m proud of — the 24-year-old me spent six months reporting it, for pittance pay, for a magzine that few read. The reason for its legend is the subject: visionary, esoteric director Terrence Malick, who at the time hadn’t made a movie in the seven years since his previous movie, Days of Heaven, a gorgeous big-screen fable which itself was seven years after his peerless low-budget debut, Badlands, a fictionalized version of Charles Starkweather’s killing spree — and had stopped giving interviews even earlier. After being obsessed with Malick’s films from viewing them repeatedly at the Harvard Square Theater revival house, I painstakingly tracked him down only to have him reject me. But “Absence of Malick,” published in now-defunct California magazine in November 1985, was the first piece to try to make sense of his disappearance, and oddly none of the facts have changed that much since then. —David Handelman
Rosy-Fingered Dawn is a film on Terrence Malick. It is about the making of BADLANDS, DAYS OF HEAVEN, THE THIN RED LINE (considered three main moments in the American cinema), and the personal involvement of some of the most representative figures of the American culture itself. The testimonies of Sam Shepard, Arthur Penn, Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Sean Penn, Jim Caviezel, Elias Koteas, Ben Chaplin, John Savage, Penny Allen, Haskell Wexler, taking the cue from some of the most salient themes that inspired Malick’s production, converge in a passionate portrait of contemporary America, amplified by the voices of the characters who have been called up and often recited by the actors themselves. This medley of voices has given origin to a journey throughout the whole United States, from California to Colorado, from Virginia to Minnesota, passing by New York and Los Angeles. Every stop represents an ideal set in which all the characters of the films come to life once again giving place to a growing flow of memories. The narrative dimension of Malick’s cinema resounds and opens a new horizon on the visible contradictions of the American culture; no easy judgement but a critical consciousness is what emerges from this coral speech, together with a definite need: the necessity of art. A need that Terrence Malick was able to satisfy.
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“Division of Research Responsibilities”
When Paramount gave a post-Days of Heaven Terrence Malick $1 million, carte blanche, to make his next film, he began developing a highly ambitious project about the creation of life and the cosmos entitled Qasida (or, simply, Q). Of course, the studio balked at the abstract Malick-ness of it all, the film stalled, and the director took the next two decades off from filmmaking. But! Now you can read Malick’s own research list for Qasida Project.
Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, The New World, The Tree of Life.
Cinematic and wondrous, both beautiful and sublime, the works of Terrence Malick are poetry in motion
Terrence Malick - The Works
No one makes films quite like Terrence Malick. Although he has only made five films in the past four decades, he deserves to be labeled as an iconic American filmmaker. All of his works share the stunning visuals, powerful themes and dramatic realism required to make a masterful piece of film. Some label Malick’s films as pretentious but I see them as the unique expressions of a true artist. With this tribute, I really wanted to display Malick’s artistic talent and why his films are truly unique and special.