Shall we call it "Malick Wednesday"? This Matt Zoller Seitz video essay on Badlands succeeds in expressing just why the film works while feeling so unusual. Tree of Life cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki talks about the importance of shooting on film to Malick's work and just what the director is after. (Grain of salt alert: Lubezki mentions Kodak a couple of times and the interview appears on a Kodak site.)
Q: Terrence Malick is known as a very visual filmmaker. How does that affect your work?
A: Films have inherited a lot from other arts, like theater and literature. Since I first met him many years ago, I have felt that Terry is trying to make films, and to express himself, without using the part of film’s DNA that comes from these other arts. The images in his films are very, very important to him. Sometimes he says to me, “Dialog is not what I’m trying to capture. I’m trying to capture an emotion, and I want to do that visually.” I think he has succeeded, and that’s why his films are so strong.