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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

Issue 83: Jan/Feb 2020

The freshest and most credible voice in film, LWLies is the world's most stunning film source. Honest, unmerciful, relevant - and always beautiful.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
The Church of London
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6 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

7 min.
a review of hidden life

Released 17 JANUARY “Live by the foma [harmless untruths] that make you brave and kind and healthy and happy.”-The Book of Bokonon- This is the epigraph that author Kurt Vonnegut uses to launch his 1963 masterpiece ‘Cat’s Cradle’, hooked to the fictional religion of Bokonism. Terrence Malick is a Christian rather than a Bokonist, yet the faith he explores in A Hidden Life bears more relation to foma than the more dogmatic dictates of organised religion. This is a film about a man’s unwavering faith enabling him to rebel against the forces of evil, so it’s important to try to understand exactly what type of faith is being upheld. A searcher’s energy expressed through earnest philosophical voiceovers has been a trope of his work ever since his first film, Badlands. It’s an energy…

9 min.
no regrets

The actors discuss working with one of cinema’s most brilliant and elusive artists, Terrence Malick. The last print interview given by writer/director Terrence Malick was published in 1979, shortly after Days of Heaven confounded critics and audiences. Since then, he’s become an elusive figure in Hollywood, surrounded by myths and rumours, consistently working but only occasionally appearing in the public eye. He’s occasionally glimpsed on set with his stars, and he was present for the premiere of A Hidden Life at Cannes in May of 2019, but he rarely speaks about his work. In this age of almost unmitigated access, where artists and celebrities have numerous channels through which to explain their wares and engage with their public, he simply chooses not to. August Diehl and Valerie Pachner are the latest in…

2 min.
learn your craft at london film school

Want to develop your skills as an editor, cinematographer or screenwriter? London Film School’s two-year MA Filmmaking course trains students to a professional level in a full range of filmmaking disciplines. It’s the perfect place to learn your craft and start on your way to a career in film and television. But don’t take our word for it. Here, recent LFS graduate rising star Koby Adom reflects on the invaluable experience he gained during his time at film school. “Going to the London Film School was the turning point in my life. It was the moment I started discovering purpose to my gifts and using them to tell meaningful stories and sharing experiences about my under-represented background. It was the place where I was able to start learning a craft which I…

11 min.
young god

You could be forgiven for forgetting that Rick, the half-ghost protagonist of Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups, has a job at all, for the film takes place largely in the long stretches of dissipation and lassitude that pad out his well-appointed, rudderless life. For the record, Christian Bale is portraying a Hollywood screenwriter who, from what we can gather, specialises in comedy – a funny detail, as he’s never once seen to crack a joke. Tumbling in and out of love and bed with a succession of women, he’s still very far from living the dream à la Entourage, trailed to Southern California by a family nightmare: haunted by the memory of one brother who committed suicide; nagged at by another (Wes Bentley), alive but in dire circumstances; and forced…

3 min.
1. badlands

”He was handsomer than anybody I’d ever met. He looked just like James Dean.” To 15-year-old Holly Sargis (Sissy Spacek), the sun rises and sets on Kit Carruthers (Martin Sheen). He’s a misfit, a 25-year-old garbage collector with an abundance of peculiarities, delusions of grandeur, and no moral compass. And he does, indeed, look like James Dean. Terrence Malick’s 1973 directorial debut, Badlands, begins in 1959, four years after Dean was tragically killed in a car accident. Though the young star is dead, his legacy looms large. Through Dean’s few but significant roles, his image as a symbol of teenage restlessness and disillusionment was cultivated both by Hollywood and the public. Dean’s sudden death encased him in his own mythology – forever young, a rebel eternally in search of a cause. In…

4 min.
2. days of heaven

”Me and my brother, it just used to be me and my brother. We used to do things together. We used to have fun.” In Days of Heaven, you hear Linda Manz before you see her. Or, at least, that’s how it seems. In the opening credits, director Terrence Malick offers us his time-travelling machine by way of a slideshow: black-and-white photographs of doleful turn-of-the-century figures, of all ages. A grubby-faced young girl is the final image and our gateway to the film’s main story. But this photograph, actually the striking, wise face of actress Linda Manz, just play-acts history. Besides, it’s the arrival of her voice, not her face, that holds the key to this strange, earthy, yet ethereal film. Malick’s second feature is set in America in the early…