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AUTHORS DANIELE VILLA, CARLO HINTERMANN, LUCIANO BARACAROLI, GERARDO PANICHI OUT NOW AUTEUR THEORIES OU KNOW YOU are reading a book about Terrence Malick when pages 94 and 95 are dedicated exclusively to wheat. Not a biography everyone involved is terrified of speaking for the elusive director lest they get trapped in a permanent magic hour Rehearsing The Unexpected utilises the transcripts of an Italian documentary and turns them into an admirably serious if stodgy film-by-film oral history, stopping at The Tree Of Life. The participants (Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Richard Gere, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain) are impressive. It’s just a shame there is not more care and creativity in the assembly. The book does a fascinating job of both cementing and debunking Malick’s status as a vaunted auteur. Yes, he imported a llama for one shot in Badlands, only filmed for 20 minutes a day at twilight on Days Of Heaven and burned through 1.5 million feet of stock on The Thin Red Line. But he is also a keen collaborator and improviser, nurturing ideas from everyone, and is not above tampering with his beloved natural world Hans Zimmer recalls how he spent a whole day positioning a coconut because it didn’t look random enough. For techie geeks there are pleasing details around
Malick behind the camera on 1978’s Days Of Heaven filmmaking craft, especially the VFX on The Tree Of Life. For pseuds, Malick’s key themes nature versus grace, take a bow get a real going over. And despite everyone’s best efforts, some glimpses into Malick the man poke through: he used to be a quarterback, he is a keen bird-spotter, and was a manic stunt driver on Badlands.
But what Rehearsing The Unexpected doesn’t do, and this might be apt for a book about Malick, is tell a coherent story. The assemblage of quotes feels random and repetitive (Malick “flows like water” is trotted out regularly), and while there are critical voices Arthur Penn takes down Days Of Heaven it singularly avoids the sizzle. You could read the whole thing and not know the roster of actors (Gary Oldman, Viggo Mortensen et al) who got cut out of The Thin Red Line. Also, in a chapter partly titled ‘The Absent Years’, there is a measly two pages on his infamous 20-year hiatus. The same pagination as wheat. IAN FREER

Terrence Malick Photos

Terrence Malick Photos

Terrence Malick Photos

Terrence Malick Photos

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