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“Beauty, Love, Mother... And America”
Filmmaker Terrence Malick has perhaps out-mystique’d the great Stanley Kubrick in terms of his public perception. Famously reclusive, Malick never allows photographs of himself to be used, and he never appears in “making of” documentaries about his films. A Rhodes Scholar and a Harvard graduate, he is obviously a brilliant man. Once he got into the film business, he worked as a script doctor until he made his first feature, Badlands (1973). It was critically acclaimed and established Malick as a hot addition to the “New Hollywood” movement. Next came Days of Heaven in 1978, also critically lauded.
And then... he disappeared. For twenty years.
In 1998, he appeared on the scene again, and Hollywood was more than ready to open checkbooks and fund his third feature film, The Thin Red Line.
It takes a lot of mystique for that scenario to happen.
Malick’s fourth picture, »
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It was the spy thriller that revitalised the genre. But the production of 2002’s The Bourne Identity was far from an easy one...
Like so many budding filmmakers of his generation, Doug Liman got his start in movies by fiddling with his father's Super 8 camera. Then aged eight, Liman "Picked it up, started making movies with it, and never stopped."
By the time he'd reached his early 30s, Liman's ambitions had finally paid off. His films Swingers and Go, released in 1996 and 1999, were made cheaply and recouped healthy profits. Urgent and effervescently told, they were the product of a young, talented filmmaker on the rise. Liman's rising profile soon saw him land the kind of deal that a few dozen other hopefuls would have sold their souls for - Universal signed him up to make a film based on Robert Ludlum's spy thriller, The Bourne Identity. »
Another month, another list of great titles from The Criterion Collection coming in July. Though you could call July a rather special month as it features the inclusion of a new Terrence Malick film to the collection: the longer version of 2005's seventeenth-century America tone poem "The New World." Running 172 minutes (nearly 3 hours), this version was never shown theatrically and as special as the running time sounds, it's the same one that's been available on DVD since 2008. Moreover, it will be get getting a new restoration, tons of goodies and great packaging. The set will contain the 150-minute limited release and 135-minute wide release cuts of the movie as well. The disc also includes new interviews with actors Colin Farrel and Q’orianka Kilcher, a new making-of featuring producer Sarah Green, production designer Jack Fisk, and costume designer Jacqueline West, a making-of editing doc featuring three of the film's editors, »
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