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By Michel Chion

The skinny crimson Line (1998) is just the 3rd movie directed by way of Terrence Malick, the maverick genius of yankee cinema, in his thirty-year occupation. Set throughout the savage international warfare II conflict for Gaudalcanal, it boasts a stellar cast--including George Clooney, Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, and John Travolta--but in a different way is going totally opposed to the grain of traditional Hollywood filmmaking. motion, narrative, and patriotism are subordinated to cryptic inside monologues and beautiful photos of animals and nature, a method came upon by means of many to be difficult and disconcerting. 

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

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