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By Michel Chion

The skinny purple Line (1998) is barely the 3rd movie directed by means of Terrence Malick, the maverick genius of yank cinema, in his thirty-year occupation. Set throughout the savage international struggle II conflict for Gaudalcanal, it boasts a stellar cast--including George Clooney, Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, and John Travolta--but another way is going solely opposed to the grain of traditional Hollywood filmmaking. motion, narrative, and patriotism are subordinated to cryptic inside monologues and delightful photographs of animals and nature, a technique discovered via many to be complicated and disconcerting. 

How to make feel of this striking movie? Michel Chion strains the film's connections to Malick's prior paintings and links The skinny purple Line to the unconventional on which it's loosely dependent. greater than that, he will pay minute cognizance to the movie itself--the pictures, sounds, faces, landscapes, and phrases that create a powerful mirrored image at the attractiveness, inexplicability, and tragedy of our coexistence with one another and with the world. 

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