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Video: Zoller Seitz’s Montage for Malick’s Tree of Life; Bring Whatever You Want To It

Video: Zoller Seitz's Montage for Malick's Tree of Life; Bring Whatever You Want To It

“You can take Tree of Life however you want, and bring whatever you want to it, and I think that’s the point of it,” says Matt Zoller Seitz in the beautiful two-part video montage he put together on Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life for the Museum of the Moving Image. (Parts One and Two, which he narrates, are below.)

Zoller Seitz intros the videos, which serve as the fifth chapter to his series for Moving Image Source, “All Things Shining: The Films of Terrence Malick”:

Still the most divisive major studio release of 2011, Terrence Malick’s fifth feature The Tree of Life is a dream film, a special effects extravaganza, an experimental movie, a rueful reflection on love and pain, and a memoir of small-town Texas life in the 1960s. Since Malick’s movie has a deliberately open-ended, perhaps unfinished, quality, I’ve conceived this two-part video essay along similar lines. It does not purport to be a definitive or even comprehensive take on the movie, but more of a loose personal reaction to it, one that could very well be revised or revisited in the future…[MORE]

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