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Badlands (Terrence Malick, 1973)

GROTE ZAAL | Online €5 | Kassa €6

Impressionistic take on the notorious Charles Starkweather killing spree

Strawberry blonde, freckle-faced, and willowy, Sissy Spacek was among the most popular female actors of the '70s. Not the ordinary female star in her looks and attitude, she tended to play eccentric roles in some of the greatest off bit American films of the time. We will show three such examples which represent her best work.

Badlands (Terrence Malick, 1973)

Terrence Malick’s impressionistic take on the notorious Charles Starkweather killing spree of the late 1950s uses a serial-killer narrative as a springboard for an oblique teenage romance, lovingly and idiosyncratically enacted by Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek. The film introduced many of the elements that would earn Malick his passionate following: the enigmatic approach to narrative and character, the unusual use of voice-over, the juxtaposition of human violence with natural beauty, the poetic investigation of American dreams and nightmares. This debut has spawned countless imitations, but none have equaled its strange sublimity.