Terrence Malick‘s films and directing style have had a huge impact on many people, whether they’re a filmmaker or a member of an audience. Two of the former who have felt this are none other than David Fincher and Christopher Nolan, who, like Malick, need no introduction. When they’re put together to talk about both his influence on them and The Tree of Life, you know that this is something you’re going to want to watch.
The two of them have a connection to Malick, as Fincher is a frequent collaborator with Tree star Brad Pitt, while Nolan has often worked with New World star Christian Bale. The latter has been known for a while to be a huge fan of his output, and more or less referred to him as “the greatest director ever” in an issue of Empire Magazine last year. You could see this as their tribute to him, and it’s a great one.
Apple (via FirstShowing) has this video, in which they focus on both his style and Tree, while the featurette itself shows off several moments from the film. I found the main pleasure of this video – and I think many will agree – to be the chance to hear two great filmmakers talk about another one of their kind. If that weren’t enough (even though it absolutely is), getting a glimpse at certain shots from the film for the first time in about a month reminds me that I need to see this masterpiece again as soon as possible.
Take a look below in today’s Daily Distraction, but please don’t treat it as such; give it your full attention, as these kinds of things don’t come along often:
The Tree of Life is now playing in limited release, and opens nationwide on July 8th.
What do you think of this video? Have you seen The Tree of Life, and if so, what are your thoughts on it?
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