"The authors make a compelling case that Malick's impersonal style blends irony and romanticism, an approach that recognizes the hard truth that American mythologies embrace positive and negative aspects of the culture and, therefore, cannot be so readily dispensed with as those "rebel" directors may have wished. Morrison and Schur provide lucid and thoughtful readings of Malick's films, situating them within a startlingly diverse array of influences, from philosophy (Heidegger and Cavell), literature (Lawrence and Cather), and visual art (Wyeth, Hine, and Murnau). In brilliant commentary on topics ranging from Malick's use of stars to his (dis)interest in causality to his treatment of male beauty, the authors develop what will surely prove to be the definitive analysis of Malick's work to date."-Maria Pramaggiore Associate Professor and Director of Film Studies North Carolina State University
About the Author
JAMES MORRISON teaches literature and film at Claremont McKenna College. He is the author of Passport to Hollywood, a critical study, and Broken Fever, a memoir. He is currently completing a study of mass culture and the sublime in Hollywood movies, has published several short stories, and is at work on a novel.
THOMAS SCHUR received his bachelor's degree in film at North Carolina State University, and now studies film in the M.F.A. program at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, where he also teaches filmmaking and film studies. He has made several short films and videos, and is currently at work on a sequence of films inspired by the stylistic model of haiku poetry.