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Terrence Malick: The return of cinema’s invisible man

by Jason Solomons.

One of the greatest directors in the world, he has made just five films in 38 years – his latest, The Tree of Life, is out here this month – but don’t expect him to break cover to talk about it.

As his Palme d’Or-winning film The Tree of Life opens in the UK, fans – they’re often called disciples – of director Terrence Malick will be desperate to glimpse the latest images and sounds from America’s cinematic seer.

Malick’s films come along rarely – this is only his fifth in 38 years – and the man himself never talks publicly about them, so all the films are left to speak for themselves. The last press interview he gave was in 1973 and although he did appear on stage at the Rome film festival in 2007, it was only to talk about his favourite Italian movies.

His “mythic” status has been built on the reverence for his films: Badlands (1973), Days of Heaven (1978), The Thin Red Line (1998), The New World (2005), and now The Tree of Life, which was mostly filmed in 2008-9.

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