• The Roving Eye | Film

    Date posted: March 22, 2015 Author: jolanta
    The Better Angels, Terrence Malick’s silent black and white movie

    The Roving Eye
    By Tony Zaza

    BE NOT INHOSPITABLE TO STRANGERS LEST THEY BE ANGELS IN DISGUISE.

    The Better Angels, Terrence Malick’s silent black and white movie restores the
    promise of cinema as a medium that can invade conscience.  Once viewed psychic
    apathy is impossible. Poetically bleak and somber, the coonskin voiceover narrative
    conveys a kind of hillbilly incantation of loss.  It’s not a film to toy with your
    passions or your sense of storytelling.  You must bring imagination and take the
    warning, we are no longer pioneers, just consumers.
    Profiling of Lincoln’s boyhood in 1817 Indiana, The Better Angels seeks a more lofty
    goal, invoking condolences  for our romantic notions of freedom and democracy.  It’s
    the first movie with a heart since 1999.

    Malick was the one of a trio of aspiring filmmakers born of  prehistorical USC  that
    includes Speilberg and Lucas.  His gift  unlike the others was solemnity of spirit and
    its brought to full fruition here.  He’s fashioned a lament not just for the loss of the
    simple life, but for the demise of civility.

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