The Work of Terrence Malick
The Work of Terrence Malick
Time-Based Ecocinema
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Acknowledgments Introduction Framing Nature and History in Malick Scholarship Ecocritical Film Studies and the Problem of Space The Figural Approach to Analysis in Film Studies Benjamin's Concept of Time in Film Studies Terrence Malick's Work: Time-Based Ecocinema 1. From Myth, Tragedy and Narrative to Allegory, Trauerspiel and Film in Badlands and Days of Heaven Symbolic and Allegorical Nature in Badlands Tragedy and Trauerspiel in Days of Heaven Prehistory and Second Technologies in Badlands and Days of Heaven The Blue Flower in the Land of Technology: Splinters of Messianic Time in Badlands and Days of Heaven Conclusion: from Mythic to Figural Temporal Relations in Films 2. Time and History in The Thin Red Line and The New World The Thin Red Line Between Historical and Mechanical Nature Critiquing Violence in Nature and History Timidity and Courage in The Thin Red Line and The New World Camera Work as Pure Mediality Conclusion: Time-Based Phenomenology 3. Looking at Evolutionary Narratives in The Tree of Life and Voyage of Time Replaying Life's Tape? Competing Mythological Narratives in Malick's The Tree of Life and Voyage of Time Reconfiguring Modern Aesthetics in Evolutionary Narratives Figural Space beyond Idealism and Nihilism Materialist Theology in The Tree of Life and Voyage of Time: Life's Journey Conclusion: Counterfactual Histories in Evolutionary Narratives 4. The Wastelands of Progress in To the Wonder, Knight of Cups and Song to Song The End of Teleological Time in To the Wonder The Pilgrim's Progress in Knight of Cups Twenty-First Century's Histories and Technologies in Song to Song Contemporary Ecocinema in Song to Song Conclusion: Finite Freedom and Materialist Theology in Ecocinema Conclusion Bibliography Index

Gabriella Blasi

The Work of Terrence Malick

Time-Based Ecocinema

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The Work of Terrence Malick: Time-Based Ecocinema develops a timely ecocinema approach to film analysis illuminated by Benjamin's notion of the turn of time. Current work on Malick's films emphasizes the spatial dynamics of his cinema, particularly as it pertains, from within a phenomenological framework, to the viewer's experience of films. This book redirects scholarly attention to the way Malick's directorial work shapes time and duration, laying new groundwork for the analysis of how films unsettle nature-culture binaries in modernity. The study performs this intervention through a rigorous engagement with Walter Benjamin's work on time, violence and technologies and the emergent figural approach to aesthetics in film studies. Each of these methods has important precedents in film studies and other fields. The combination of methods performed in this book contributes to understanding the relevance of a time-based approach to Malick's films and the practical implications of a time-based relation to history in contemporary ecocinema discourses.
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Gabriella Blasi

Gabriella Blasi teaches and researches at Griffith University as Adjunct in the Centre for Social and Cultural Research. Her research and academic publications consistently focus on the complexities of nature-culture relations in contemporary culture and cinema.