15. Terrence Malick
THE THIN RED LINE, DAYS OF HEAVEN, BADLANDS, THE NEW WORLD, THE TREE OF LIFE
Terence Malick’s sweeping, scattershot films breathe fresh life into a frustratingly stale American cinema. His films move with a visual fluidity, but often feature piecemeal narratives. Malick’s distinctive mise en scene sets him apart as a maverick, simultaneously able to court Hollywood’s biggest talent and content to live on the fringes of American film.
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