Thursday, 5 May 2016

Capital Celluloid 2016 - Day 145: Tue May 24

The New World (Malick, 2005): Prince Charles Cinema, 8.30pm

This 35mm screening is part of a full Terrence Malick season at the Prince Charles. You can find all the details here.

The Guardian's John Patterson hailed tonight's film the best of the first decade of the millennium – and by some way. This is his article in full and here is an extract:

'It may seem like an exaggeration, but with The New World cinema has reached its culmination, its apotheosis. It is both ancient and modern, cinema at its purest and most organic, its simplest and most refined, made with much the same tools as were available in the infancy of the form a century ago to the Lumières, to Griffith and Murnau. Barring a few adjustments for modernity – colour, sound, developments in editing, a hyper-cine-literate audience – it could conceivably have been made 80 years ago (like Murnau and Flaherty's Tabu). This is why, I believe, when all the middlebrow  Oscar-dross of our time has eroded away to its constituent molecules of celluloid, The New World will stand tall, isolated and magnificent, like Kubrick's black monolith.'

Here (and above) is the opening to the film.

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