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'Badlands' Arrives On Criterion: 10 Things We Learned About The Terrence Malick Classic

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 20, 2013 4:22 PM
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When you think of lovers and killers on the lam, you think of roadtrip movies like “True Romance,” “Natural Born Killers,” “Bonnie & Clyde” or "The Getaway." But when philosopher, journalist and renaissance man turned filmmaker Terrence Malick tackled the genre for his debut picture, he created a film more interested in innocence (and its loss) and love than the crimes and acts of violence occurring within the story based on Charles Starkweather’s late ‘50s killing spree. A lyrical and impressionistic take on a troubled young killer and the girl that falls for him -- perhaps all the more chilling for its beautiful imagery and sublime/naive view of life that some of us still argue is his finest work to date -- “Badlands” would launch the career of one of cinema’s most enigmatic and inscrutable filmmakers who would soon stop talking to the press or allowing his photo to be taken.

Criterion Adds Terrence Malick’s ‘Badlands,’ Robert Bresson’s ‘A Man Escaped,’ Fritz Lang & More For March 2013 Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2012 5:16 PM
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Going on spring break this year? Well, you might want to shorten the trip or dip into the budget, because Criterion is coming for you in March full throttle with an auteur heavy line up, led by the one and only Terrence Malick.

It Looks Like Terrence Malick's 'Badlands' Is Headed To The Criterion Collection

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2012 10:18 AM
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"Warner Bros. or Criterion is putting out a new version of 'Badlands' fairly soon," Terrence Malick's longtime editor Billy Weber said last fall, and now almost a full year later, it looks like the company with the wacky C will be giving the auteur's debut film the full treatment.

Terrence Malick's Editor Billy Weber Says New 'Badlands' DVD "Coming Soon" & Confirms Longer 'Tree Of Life' In The Works

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 22, 2011 11:04 AM
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It has been a good year to be a Terrence Malick fan. Not only did the director finally deliver is long-awaited "The Tree Of Life," he's simply never been busier with four projects currently in the works: the Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams-led, untitled romance; "Lawless" with Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Haley Bennet; "Knight Of Cups" with Bale, Blanchett and Isabel Lucas; and the documentary "The Voyage Of Time." And while we patiently wait for these films to arrive whenever Malick decides they are done, it looks like we'll have something to tide us over.

Terrence Malick Punched Out A Producer & 10 Other Things We Learned About 'Badlands'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2011 4:46 AM
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It has been almost four decades since Terrence Malick's debut feature film "Badlands" and if you haven't seen the film in a little while, it's just as good you remembered it. Starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek, "Badlands" sounds about as un-Malick-esque as you can get. Loosely based on the true story of Charlie Starkweather and his 14-year old girlfriend Caril Ann Fugate who went on a two-month road trip through Nebraska and Wyoming in 1958 and stacked up eleven murders, Malick re-imagines them as Kit and Holly, but this isn't your standard "Bonnie & Clyde" styled flick. Lyrical, enigmatic and pastoral, frame-by-frame the style and tone that Malick would become famous for makes its presence known. In fact, revisiting the film, one can almost see thematic parallels between "Badlands" and "The Tree of Life." Arguably, Kit and Holly represent "nature and grace" in their own way; Malick's penchant for nature as an unspoken force is definitely felt and more superficially, Jessica Chastain looks disarmingly like a young Sissy Spacek.

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