Tulsa World pubblica un bellissimo articolo sul ritorno di Terrence Malick a Bartlesville, Oklahoma, per le riprese del suo nuovo film, ancora senza titolo.
Il regista ha vissuto parte della sua infanzia nella cittadina ed ora ci ritorna per girare delle scene con Javier Bardem e Ben Affleck.
L’articolo fornisce notizie assolutamente originali sulla brillante carriera scolastica ed universitaria di Malick, sui suoi lavori giovanili e sulle tragedie che hanno coinvolto i suo due fratelli più giovani, entrambi deceduti tragicamente.
Malick’s family moved back to Bartlesville in 1958, according to a 1965 Tulsa Tribune article lauding him as a straight-A student at Harvard.
By age 22, he was heading off to Oxford University in England after having already studied literature in Paris at the Sorbonne and written a book that included some of the first English translations of German philosopher Martin Heidegger, according to the Tribune article.
But Malick’s successes did not come without tribulation. According to a Harvard Crimson story on its famous alumnus, Malick never completed his philosophy thesis at Oxford, dropping out “after a clash with his adviser over the contrasting worldviews of Kierkegaard, Heidegger and Wittgenstein.”
“I was not a good teacher; I didn’t have the sort of edge one should have on the students, so I decided to do something else,” Malick told a writer for Sight & Sound, a British film magazine, in the spring of 1975 edition. “I’d always liked movies in a kind of naive way. They seemed no less improbable a career than anything else.”
He began studying at the American Film Institute. Malick rewrote a script for “Dirty Harry” when Marlon Brando was involved in the project, before Clint Eastwood came along, Malick told the magazine.
Then he started his own independent filmmaking/financing project that turned into “Badlands,” a variation on the 1950s killing spree of Charles Starkweather and his teen girlfriend, Caril Fugate.