I could listen to the music of Ennio Morricone, Camille Saint-Saëns, Leo Kottke and the warbled Chicago via Bugs Bunny accent of Linda Manz all day. And, luckily, there’re some pretty pictures to look at, too. A revolutionary visual experience, Malick and his two DPs (Néstor Almendros and Haskell Wexler) shot mountains of film at magic hour, which makes me wonder what they did for the rest of the day. The film works because the story is simple but all the specifics are odd. And, at times, funny! This is Malick’s only film with lots and lots of laughs — all due to the great Linda Manz — God knows why she barely did any more work. (Dennis Hopper’s “Out of the Blue” isn’t a great film, but worth checking out for her performance.) I think this is my favorite Malick film, but Ann is sticking with “The New World.” (1, 2). You’ve got about 8 more days to catch it at Film Forum. The print is pristine.
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Jordan Hoffman is a New York-based writer and film critic working for The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Thrillist, Times of Israel, NY Daily News and elsewhere.
He is the host of ENGAGE: The Official Star Trek Podcast, a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and challenges you to a game of backgammon.