Happy Birthday: Terrence Malick

WILDsound Writing and Film Festival Review

terrencemalick.jpgTerrence Malick

Born: November 30, 1943 in Ottawa, Illinois, USA

Married to: Alexandra Wallace (1998 – present)
Michelle Morette (5 July 1985 – 16 December 1998) (divorced)
Jill Jakes (29 December 1970 – 1978) (divorced)

[on his methodology] I film quite a bit of footage, then edit. Changes before your eyes, things you can do and things you can’t. My attitude is always let it keep rolling.

[on the cinematography of Days of Heaven (1978)] With Néstor Almendros, we decided to film without any artificial light. It wasn’t possible in the houses at night, but outside, we shot with natural light or with the fire. When the American team was saying, ‘This is not how we should proceed,’ Nestor Almendros, very courageously insisted. As we filmed, the team discovered that it was technically easier, and I was able to capture absolute reality. That was my wish: to prevent the appearance…

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