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'Tree of Life' director Terrence Malick willl have a Los Angeles presence

April 25, 2011 |  8:11 pm

Terrence Malick fans who don't want to wait until May 27 for the release of his new film "The Tree of Life" will have another option, at least if they live in Southern California.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has announced that it will hold a retrospective of Malick's four previous movies in the days ahead of the "Tree" opening. Titled "The Elemental Cinema of Terrence Malick," the program will screen Malick's movies and bring in collaborators to talk about working with the enigmatic auteur.

"Badlands," "The Thin Red Line" and "Days of Heaven"  -- Malick's films from 1973, 1998 and 1978, respectively -- will screen on successive days beginning May 12, just as the Cannes Film Festival kicks off in the south of  France. "The New World," the director's 2005 colonial drama starring Colin Farrell, will play the following week, on May 20. Malick himself is not expected to come to the screenings, though he will likely make his way to Los Angeles (he lives in Austin, Texas) for the film's premiere the week of release.

The retrospective comes as LACMA beefs up its cinematic offerings with a series done in conjunction with Film Independent.

The highest-profile names who will come out for the Malick screenings are actors. Sissy Spacek, whose career vaulted to prominence after "Badlands," will appear to discuss the couple-on-the-run film on the 12th, and Jim Caviezel will do the same for the Oscar-nominated war picture "The Thin Red Line" one day later.

But one of the most in-the-trenches-Malick personalities will be on hand for the other two films. Production designer and longtime Malick cohort Jack Fisk -- who became Spacek's husband after the pair met on the "Badlands" set -- will be present for both "Heaven" and "New World," the latter of which will also bring out the movie's costume designer, Jacqueline West. Malick may be a mostly mysterious presence, but others will be outspoken on his behalf.


LACMA and Film Independent collaborate on new series

--Steven Zeitchik


Photo: Terrence Malick at the New York Critics Circle Awards in 1999. Credit: John Simon / Associated Press

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meant see the others AGAIN on the big screen - be nice if there was an edit function.


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