The Tree of Life
Posted 14 December 2010 - 12:36 AM
Desplat -- tall, slender and raven-haired at 49 -- is doing what he's dreamed of ever since age 6 when he saw "Spartacus," with its classic score by Alex North, on the bigscreen. His calling card is his diversity and his ability to bring a fresh approach to the most time-worn genres.
"If you dream of one day working with Polanski or Terrence Malick or Stephen Frears, what do you do? 'Oh no, I'm a bit tired?' You just do it."
The Malick project, "The Tree of Life," is one of the most anticipated films of 2011, and Desplat began work on it as far back as 2007. As usual in Malick films, the score shares space with classical cues, in this case Ligeti and Berlioz, among others. Desplat also had to work largely without the benefit of images. He describes his contribution as orchestral, meditative and trance-like.
"(Malick) always told me that the music should be like a river flowing through the film," says Desplat, "and that's what I tried to achieve -- something that flows and never stops, very alive and fluid. He just wants you to create something that maybe he hasn't thought about."
Variety, December 11
Posted 15 December 2010 - 01:31 PM
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Posted 15 December 2010 - 01:40 PM
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Posted 15 December 2010 - 01:46 PM
Posted 15 December 2010 - 01:53 PM
I made a case somewhere that the female figure (and her ongoing monologue) in Malick's cinema matures and develops a greater self-awarness over the course of his filmography. This is why I always find the end of The New World so stunning. That observant female presence in Badlands and Days of Heaven finally stands on its own two legs and explains itself, or comes to grips with itself. Mother, daughter, wife, lover. All these roles finally click into focus, and Malick lets that bubble over into exaltation.
So yeah, I also picture one giant Malick work that has unfolded, and hopefully will continue to unfold.
Edited by M. Leary, 15 December 2010 - 01:55 PM.
Posted 15 December 2010 - 01:58 PM
You're both crazy. I'm attempted to put the trailer alone on my top 10 films of 2010 list.
Posted 15 December 2010 - 02:09 PM
The dangerous thing about this film is that it could oh-so-easily be very, very sentimental. If this story was in the hands of, say, Spielberg, I guarantee you that this film would be a disaster. But since I've never found any of the Malick films I've seen to be as syrupy as this trailer, it's entirely possible that my fears are unfounded.
Edited by Ryan H., 15 December 2010 - 02:19 PM.
Posted 15 December 2010 - 05:38 PM
: I made a case somewhere that the female figure (and her ongoing monologue) in Malick's cinema matures and develops a greater self-awarness over the course of his filmography.
What about the male figure(s)?
Posted 15 December 2010 - 06:34 PM
Now that I know what it's actually a preview of, this one gives me chills - at least just a little bit. Now that I'm appreciative of Malick's films, I understand what the short clips on here portend. Looks like it's going to be fantastic, but we already knew that.
Posted 15 December 2010 - 09:23 PM
That is tougher. Part of the issue there is that Malick himself, as an author and/or philosopher, is always a very dominant male presence in his films. Maybe this film will provide good fodder for an essay on that topic.
Posted 15 December 2010 - 11:08 PM
FWIW, I also can't recall if there are any male voice-overs in Malick's first two films, though I definitely remember the ones in The New World.
Posted 16 December 2010 - 02:34 AM
The voice-overs are part and parcel with Malick. I don't find them annoying. If anything, I'm encouraged. I was shocked by how effective the voice-overs in The New World were, not just in creating a prayerful atmosphere but by how they never felt intrusive. I'm expecting similar results here.
@Peter: I think Gere may have done some voice-over in Days of Heaven, but can't be certain.
Edited by N.W. Douglas, 16 December 2010 - 02:36 AM.
Posted 16 December 2010 - 06:39 AM
Edited by Ryan H., 16 December 2010 - 12:04 PM.
Posted 16 December 2010 - 09:02 AM
I am pretty sure there is not. Time to watch it again.
Posted 16 December 2010 - 11:05 AM
Posted 16 December 2010 - 01:51 PM
Yep. The film opens with her wonderful mediative interior monologue, which comes and goes.
Posted 16 December 2010 - 01:53 PM
Two hours of them is about 120 times worse.
Someone below put his finger (specifically re TREE OF LIFE) on why Malick's religiosity doesn't speak to me -- in between being bored stiff, all I've gotten out of THIN RED LINE and THE NEW WORLD (sans the coda) just seems like an Oprah-esque, airy-fairy wisp of transcendentalist "spirituality."
Posted 16 December 2010 - 02:14 PM
I am sad for you.
Posted 16 December 2010 - 03:00 PM
I am sad for you.