Terrence Malick


Terrence Malick

Infobox actor
name = Terrence Malick
imagesize = 195
caption = Terrence Malick on the set of "The Thin Red Line".
birthname = Terrence Frederick Malick
othername = David Whitney
Terry
Sparky
birthdate = birth date and age|1943|11|30
location = Ottawa, Illinois, US
occupation = film director, screenwriter, producer
yearsactive =
academyawards =
goldenglobeawards =
awards = Best Director Award - Cannes Film Festival 1979 "Days of Heaven"
Golden Bear - Berlin Film Festival 1999 "The Thin Red Line"
spouse = Jill Jakes Michele Morette (1985-1998) Alexandra Wallace (1998-)
children =
website =
Terrence "Terry" Malick (born November 30, 1943, Ottawa, Illinois) is an Academy Award nominated American film director. In a career spanning decades, Malick has directed one short film and four feature-length films.

Numerous critics consider Malick's films to be masterpieces, in particular "Badlands" and "Days of Heaven". [ [http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19731015/REVIEWS/301010302/1023 :: rogerebert.com :: Reviews :: Badlands] ] [ [http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F19971207%2FREVIEWS08%2F401010327%2F1023 :: rogerebert.com :: Great Movies :: Days of Heaven] ] Malick was nominated for an Academy Award for both Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director for "The Thin Red Line". His work is often characterized by naturalist cinematography and a meditative directorial and editing style; his films are full of rich, lingering, repetitive images of natural beauty. He makes extensive use of off-screen narration by his characters, as well as music, to illuminate, heighten and counterpoint the action on screen.

Although notoriously withdrawn from public life, friends such as actor Martin Sheen have always remarked that he is a very warm and humble man who prefers to work without media intrusion. [ [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000517/bio Terrence Malick - Biography (IMDb)] ] His contracts stipulate that no current photographs of him are to be taken, and he routinely declines requests for interviews.Davenport, Hayes; December 15, 2005; [http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=510654 Alumni Watch: Terence Malick '65] ; "The Harvard Crimson"; retrieved May 3, 2007.] His only known public appearance was in October 2007 for a conversation with film historians Antonio Monda and Mario Sesti as part of the Rome Film Festival. [ [http://www.schermaglie.it/mondovisioni/389/festa-di-roma-gli-amori-di-terrence-malick Schermaglie: Festa di Roma - Gli amori di Terrence Malick ] ]

Biography

Terrence was born in Ottawa, Illinois. His father was an oil company executive, and Malick grew up in Oklahoma and Texas, working on oil fields as a young man. He moved to Austin, Texas and graduated from St. Stephen's Episcopal School. Malick studied philosophy under Stanley Cavell at Harvard University, graduating "summa cum laude" and Phi Beta Kappa in 1965, and went on to Magdalen College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He had a disagreement with his advisor, Gilbert Ryle, over his thesis on the concept of the world in Kierkegaard, Heidegger, and Wittgenstein, and ultimately left Oxford without taking a doctorate. In 1969, Northwestern University Press published Malick's translation of Heidegger's "Vom Wesen des Grundes" as "The Essence of Reasons". Moving back to the United States, he taught philosophy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology while freelancing as a journalist, writing articles for "Newsweek", "The New Yorker", and "Life".

Malick married Michele Morette in 1985; they divorced in 1998. Michele passed away in July 2008 from pancreatic cancer in Paris, France. He has been married to Alexandra "Ecky" Wallace since 1998, and currently resides in Austin, Texas.

Film career

Malick got his start in film after earning an MFA from the AFI Conservatory in 1969, directing "Lanton Mills". It was at the AFI that he established contacts with people such as Jack Nicholson and agent Mike Medavoy, who found freelance script-doctoring work for him.

After working as a screenwriter and script doctor, Malick directed "Badlands" and "Days of Heaven". Following the release of "Days of Heaven", Malick moved to France and disappeared from public view for twenty years. He returned to film in 1998 with "The Thin Red Line". The movie was nominated for seven Academy Awards, though it did not win any.

For his fourth feature, Malick considered directing a biopic about Che Guevara, and wrote a screenplay for it, but later relinquished the project to director Steven Soderbergh. He chose to make "The New World" instead, the script of which he finished in the late 1970s. The film features a romantic interpretation of the story of John Smith and Pocahontas, filmed in the usual transcendental Malickian style. The film was scheduled for limited release on December 25 2005, and for general release in mid-January 2006; it was nominated for an Academy Award and received largely mixed reviews during its theatrical run. Over one million feet of film was shot during the isolated filming schedule, resulting in a final film which ran for 150 minutes before Malick decided to temporarily withdraw the film from release and re-edit it into a 135-minute version. It has since been announced that a 172-minute version, closer to Malick's intended vision, will be released later this year on DVD by New Line Cinema.

Malick is also credited with the screenplay for "Pocket Money" (1972), and he wrote early drafts of "Great Balls of Fire!" (1989) and "Dirty Harry" (1971). [ [http://movies.ign.com/articles/324/324778p1.html IGN: Featured Filmmaker: Terrence Malick] ]

Having previously been linked to a screen adaptation of Walker Percy's "The Moviegoer", rumors were reported in May 2006 linking Malick to a possible adaptation of J. D. Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye", but neither of these projects have come to fruition. [ [http://books.guardian.co.uk/adaptations/story/0,,1767434,00.html Ones that got away | Special Reports | Guardian Unlimited Books] ]

Malick has completed shooting his next feature film, - slated for release in fall/winter of 2009, - "The Tree of Life". [ [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0478304/ - IMDB Page for The Tree of Life] .] The feature has been picked up for distribution by Summit Entertainment [ [http://www.summit-ent.com/production.php?subj=4&sel_page=172] ] , the company having supplied for the first time a reliable abstract for the film available to the public. The Tree of Life is currently in post-production. [ [http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=38244 ComingSoon.net] .]

Filmography

Bibliography

* Peter Biskind, 1998. "Easy Riders / Raging Bulls", London: Bloomsbury.
* Peter Biskind, 1998. ‘The Runaway Genius’, "Vanity Fair", 460, Dec, 116-125.
* Stanley Cavell, 1979. "The World Viewed: Reflections on the Ontology of Film", Enlarged Edition, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
* Michel Chion, 1999. "The Voice in Cinema", translated by Claudia Gorbman, New York & Chichester: Columbia University Press.
* Michel Ciment, 1975. ‘Entretien avec Terrence Malick’, "Positif", 170, Jun, 30-34.
* G. Richardson Cook, 1974. ‘The Filming of "Badlands": An Interview with Terry Malick’, "Filmmakers Newsletter", 7:8, Jun, 30-32).
* Charlotte Crofts, 2001, ‘From the “Hegemony of the Eye” to the “Hierarchy of Perception”: The Reconfiguration of Sound and Image in Terrence Malick’s "Days of Heaven"’, "Journal of Media Practice", 2:1, 19-29.
* Terry Curtis Fox, 1978. ‘The Last Ray of Light’, "Film Comment", 14:5, Sept/Oct, 27- 28.
* Cameron Docherty, 1998. ‘Maverick Back from the Badlands’, "The Sunday Times", Culture, 7 Jun, 4.
* Martin Donougho, 1985. ‘West of Eden: Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven’, Postscript: Essays in Film and the Humanities, 5:1, Fall, 17-30.
* Roger Ebert, [http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F19971207%2FREVIEWS08%2F401010327%2F1023 Review of Days of Heaven] , Chicago Sun-Times Inc
* Graham Fuller, 1998. ‘Exile on Main Street’, "The Observer", 13 Dec, 5.
* John Hartl, 1998. ‘Badlands Director Ending his Long Absence’, "Seattle Times", 8 Mar.
* Brian Henderson, 1983. ‘Exploring "Badlands"’. "Wide Angle: A Quarterly Journal of Film Theory", Criticism and Practice, 5:4, 38-51.
* Les Keyser, 1981. "Hollywood in the Seventies", London: Tantivy Press.
* Terrence Malick, 1973. Interview the morning after "Badlands" premiered at the New York Film Festival, "American Film Institute Report", 4:4, Winter, 48.
* Terrence Malick, 1976. "Days of Heaven", Registered with the Writers Guild of America, 14 Apr; revised 2 Jun.
* James Monaco, 1972. ‘"Badlands"’, "Take One", 4:1, Sept/Oct, 32.
* Kim Newman, 1994. ‘Whatever Happened to Whatsisname?’, "Empire", Feb, 88-89.
* Brooks Riley, 1978. ‘Interview with Nestor Almendros’, "Film Comment", 14:5, Sept/Oct, 28-31.
* J. P. Telotte, 1986. ‘"Badlands" and the Souvenir Drive’, "Western Humanities Review", 40:2, Summer, 101-14.
* Liv Torgerson, 1999. [http://www.editorsguild.com/newsletter/MayJun99/weber_jones.html ‘Conversations with Billy Weber and Leslie Jones’] , "Motion Picture Editors Guild Newsletter"
* Beverly Walker, 1975. ‘Malick on "Badlands"’, "Sight and Sound", 44:2, Spring, 82-3.
* Janet Wondra, 1994. ‘A Gaze Unbecoming: Schooling the Child for Femininity in "Days of Heaven"’, "Wide Angle", 16:4, Oct, 5-22.

References

External links

* [http://www.sensesofcinema.com/contents/directors/02/malick.html Senses of Cinema: Great Directors Critical Database]
* [http://www.eskimo.com/~toates/malick/ The Flicks of Terrence Malick] Resource on Malick's life and work
* [http://www.dogdare.com/incubator/malickwatch.html MalickWatch] Digest of Malick news and numerous links to other resources
* [http://www.apple.com/trailers/newline/the_new_world/ Trailer for "The New World"]
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* [http://www.theyshootpictures.com/malickterrence.htm They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?]
* [http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/filmography.html?p_id=100893&inline=nyt-per New York Times links to reviews of all Malick films]
* [http://movies.ign.com/articles/324/324778p1.html IGN Featured Filmmaker]
* [http://www.dogdare.com/incubator/malickwatch.html Comprehensive site with links to articles re: The New World]
* [http://www.pajiba.com/frontiers-a-look-at-the-films-of-terrence-malick.htm Frontiers: A Look at the Films of Terrence Malick]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-1ebhoYozY Video tribute to Malick on youtube]
* [http://www.filmsofbeing.com Films of Being: Terrence Malick Resource]


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