PRESENTED BY THE NIGHTLIGHT FILM SOCIETY introduction by Jeanne-Hélène Roy
Kit Carruthers, a young garbage collector and his girlfriend Holly Sargis from Fort Dupree, South Dakota, are on the run after killing Holly's father who disagreed with their relationship. On their way towards the Badlands of Montana they leave a trail of dispassionate and seemingly random murders. A very intriguing narrative without judgements, and lacking the usually sensational approach of this genre. Very good acting and directing, and beautiful photography. The script was based upon the true story of the Charles Starkweather and Caril-Ann Fugate murders in 1958.
Is it really possible that this luminous masterpiece is a first feature film? It is as though Mozart had started his career in composition with one of his mature symphonies. What is totally special about 'Badlands' is the visual control that Terrence Malick applies to the story, and his use of fabulous music to embed his amazing images in our mind. The 'Bonnie & Clyde'-ish story could have been turgid, but Malick turns it into a mythic journey.
BADLANDS, Terrence Malick's debut, returns to the big screen, digitally remastered.
Introducing Badlands on the Saturday Screening for Nightlight Film Society is a wonderful friend and Professor, Jeanne-Hélène Roy of the University of Akron Modern Languages department. Having spent much of her childhood bouncing between New Orleans and Western France, Néna Roy developed an interest in cinema early in life, when her mother began taking her to what others deemed ‘highly inappropriate movies,’ notably iconic films of the French New Wave and Italian modernist period by directors such as François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, and Michelangelo Antonio (to name a few). She holds a Ph.D. in French Literature from Cornell University, and has taught classes in Paris, France, at Cornell and The University of Akron.
With specializations in French Enlightenment literature and Modern and Contemporary French Cinema, Roy has published on Casanova, Rousseau, and Sade. She is currently exploring the legacy of French New Wave cinema practices as they intersect with Classical and Enlightenment literary themes in films by directors François Ozon and Christophe Honoré, A huge fan of Terrence Malick, we cannot wait to have her as our guest speaker!
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