Paradise lost: Richard Gere and Brooke Adams in Terrence Malick's second feature "Days of Heaven" (1978).

All things shining: The films of Terrence Malick

A video essay series examines the "Tree of Life" director's career, from "Badlands" through "The New World"

Matt Zoller Seitz
June 2, 2011 4:32AM (UTC)

Filmmaker Terrence Malick's Palme d'Or-winning, critically divisive epic "The Tree of Life" opened in limited release last Friday and will gradually expand to other cities throughout the summer. Over the years I've written quite a few pieces about his work, including a series of articles for the House Next Door and a recent slide show for Salon. Over the past couple of weeks I've also written, narrated and edited a series of video essays about Malick's first four movies: "Badlands," "Days of Heaven," "The Thin Red Line" and "The New World." 

The five-part series "All Things Shining: The Films of Terrence Malick" is compiled below. I've also included links to accompanying articles at Moving Image Source, the online magazine of the Museum of the Moving Image, where these pieces originally appeared.


Chapter 1: "Badlands" (1973). To read the accompanying article, click here.

Chapter 2: "Days of Heaven" (1978). To read the accompanying article, click here.

Chapter 3: "The Thin Red Line" (1998). To read the accompanying article, click here.


Chapter 4: "The New World" (2005). To read the accompanying article, click here.

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