Numerous critics consider Malick's films to be masterpieces, in particular Badlands and 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Although notoriously withdrawn from public life, friends such as actor Martin Sheen have always remarked that he is a very warm and humble man who prefers to work without media intrusion. His contracts stipulate that no current photographs of him are to be taken, and he routinely declines requests for interviews. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Malick has completed shooting his next feature film, - slated for release in fall/winter of 2009, - The Tree of Life. The feature has been picked up for distribution by Summit Entertainment, 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.
|1969||Lanton Mills||Director and Writer||(short film)|
|1971||Drive, He Said||Writer||(uncredited)|
|Pocket Money||Actor and Writer|
|1973||Badlands||Director, Producer, Writer|
|1978||Days of Heaven||Director and Writer|
|1998||The Thin Red Line||Director and Writer|
|2005||The New World||Director and Writer|
|2009||Tree of Life||Director and Writer||(in production)|
|The Marfa Lights||Producer|
|TBA||The English-Speaker||Director and Writer||Currently in pre-production|
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