Watch: “Malick // Fire & Water”, an Homage to Malick’s Earthly Vision
Like many, I find Terrence Malick‘s universe fascinating and enchanting. The filmmaker with 6 movies over 35 years has such a strong vision of the stories he wants to tell that there is a visual consistency that carries throughout his work, story after story, no matter the subject, the setting and the time it takes place.
If Malick seems to have settled with cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki since The New World, to capture his contemporary and most prolific creative period, he has worked with different cinematographers for his first three films and yet, has always managed to explain his powerful vision with such clarity that you always recognize a Malick’s film.
“Of all the recurring signatures of Malick, his use of fire and water might be the most telling, in part because there’s a significant shift between early Malick (Badlands & Days of Heaven) and late Malick (The Thin Red Line, The New World, The Tree of Life & To the Wonder). Early Malick favors fire. Late Malick favors water. In his most recent film, Malick forgoes fire altogether for the first time in his career. Water reigns.”
Enjoy the video as well as the series of shots used to edit it below; and if you would like to know more about Malick’s universe, watch ‘All Things Shining‘: