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WATCH: Malick // Fire and Water - Kogonada


Kogonada is a director and video essayist. Here, he looks at the role of fire and water in the works of Terrence Malick. Kogonada’s ability to compare and contrast themes without words is the reason he stands above most other video essayists and is the reason it comes Highly Recommended.

Enjoy the video below.

Of all the recurring signatures of Malick, his use of fire and water might be the most telling, in part because there’s a significant shift between early Malick (Badlands & Days of Heaven) and later Malick (The Thin Red Line, The New World, The Tree of Life & To the Wonder). Early Malick favors fire. Later Malick favors water. In To the Wonder, Malick forgoes fire altogether for the first time in his career. Water reigns.

Music: River by Alexandre Desplat