Matt Zoller Seitz’s video essays on Terrence Malick cinema

Posted by · 10:53 pm · May 31st, 2011

Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” adds 16 theaters and eight new cities as it expands a little farther this weekend. If you happen to be near enough to catch it, don’t forget to keep the discussion going in our reactions thread. You can find out when the film will make its way to you at Fox Searchlight’s official site.

As a build-up to the film’s release, the Museum of the Moving Image’s Matt Zoller Seitz has been working through another series of video essays, this one focused on Malick’s filmography. He’s wrapped things up this week with a two-part dissection of 2005’s “The New World,” Seitz’s favorite of the director’s efforts.

“The net result is a profoundly warm, embracing film that celebrates life itself in all its wonder and terror,” he says of Malick’s fourth feature, “a portrait of a few distinct lives on a planet, and in a universe, that has no beginning and no end.” He could as easily be talking about any of the director’s films, not least of all his latest.

I’ve embedded each of Seitz’s Malick video essays below, but you can also view them all and read more over at the MOMI’s Moving Image Source blog. I’d also like to formally request that, as soon as he has a DVD or the footage to work with, Seitz follow this all up with a dive into “The Tree of Life” as well.

[Photo: New Line Cinema]

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