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The New World


  1. Directed by: Terrence Malick
  2. Produced by:
  3. Written by: Terrence Malick
  4. Music by: James Horner
  5. Cinematography by: Emmanuel Lubezki
  6. Editing by:
  7. Release Date: 2005
  8. Running Time: 135
  9. Language: English, Algonquin

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  1. A&F Discussion Thread
  2. IMDb.com
  3. Wikipedia
  4. Netflix

In a film with many examples of waking up, the thread of Captain John Smith seems the most carefully detailed. We find Smith imprisoned, released, then searching down the river for new land and new hope. Next, he is captured by a Powhatan tribe and saved by the chief’s daughter. He falls in love with this maiden and her culture.  The transforming experience prompts him to reflect on spiritual frontiers that lie beyond his own corruption.  “I who was a pirate…am a free man now.” Soon, though, he sneaks away from the girl and this new life to fulfill his own ambition. Waking up, interrupted…but is it cut off? In a brief reunion near the end of the film, the exiled Powhatan princess asks Smith, “Did you find your Indies, John?” Before Smith has the chance to give his doubtful response, she says, “You will.” She herself knows what it is to wake up after a long slumber. This may be why she holds out hope for Smith. Perhaps he may yet bolt into wakefulness like the Native American erupting from his chair in this film’s ecstatic coda.

—Brian D.


  1. Directed by: Terrence Malick
  2. Produced by:
  3. Written by: Terrence Malick
  4. Music by: James Horner
  5. Cinematography by: Emmanuel Lubezki
  6. Editing by:
  7. Release Date: 2005
  8. Running Time: 135
  9. Language: English, Algonquin

Clips

  1. A&F Discussion Thread
  2. IMDb.com
  3. Wikipedia
  4. Netflix

In a film with many examples of waking up, the thread of Captain John Smith seems the most carefully detailed. We find Smith imprisoned, released, then searching down the river for new land and new hope. Next, he is captured by a Powhatan tribe and saved by the chief’s daughter. He falls in love with this maiden and her culture.  The transforming experience prompts him to reflect on spiritual frontiers that lie beyond his own corruption.  “I who was a pirate…am a free man now.” Soon, though, he sneaks away from the girl and this new life to fulfill his own ambition. Waking up, interrupted…but is it cut off? In a brief reunion near the end of the film, the exiled Powhatan princess asks Smith, “Did you find your Indies, John?” Before Smith has the chance to give his doubtful response, she says, “You will.” She herself knows what it is to wake up after a long slumber. This may be why she holds out hope for Smith. Perhaps he may yet bolt into wakefulness like the Native American erupting from his chair in this film’s ecstatic coda.

—Brian D.

In a film with many examples of waking up, the thread of Captain John Smith seems the most carefully detailed. We find Smith imprisoned, released, then searching down the river for new land and new hope. Next, he is captured by a Powhatan tribe and saved by the chief’s daughter. He falls in love with this maiden and her culture.  The transforming experience prompts him to reflect on spiritual frontiers that lie beyond his own corruption.  “I who was a pirate…am a free man now.” Soon, though, he sneaks away from the girl and this new life to fulfill his own ambition. Waking up, interrupted…but is it cut off? In a brief reunion near the end of the film, the exiled Powhatan princess asks Smith, “Did you find your Indies, John?” Before Smith has the chance to give his doubtful response, she says, “You will.” She herself knows what it is to wake up after a long slumber. This may be why she holds out hope for Smith. Perhaps he may yet bolt into wakefulness like the Native American erupting from his chair in this film’s ecstatic coda.

—Brian D.


  1. Directed by: Terrence Malick
  2. Produced by:
  3. Written by: Terrence Malick
  4. Music by: James Horner
  5. Cinematography by: Emmanuel Lubezki
  6. Editing by:
  7. Release Date: 2005
  8. Running Time: 135
  9. Language: English, Algonquin

Clips

  1. A&F Discussion Thread
  2. IMDb.com
  3. Wikipedia
  4. Netflix
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