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This is the third thoughtful response I have received by email to my original post on Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life”. I post it here with the author’s permission:

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As the conversation continues, another wise one in my life has responded by email to the first response I received to Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life” – First Impressions. With permission, here is another insightful contribution to this conversation.

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After I posted my “First Impressions” of Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life” I received a response by email that was too good to leave hidden in my In-Box. So, with the author’s permission, here is a really thoughtful comment on Malick’s film:

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I am sitting in a small independent cinema that normally seats two hundred patrons. There are nineteen people scattered around the theatre; I know sixteen of them.

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For anyone who has the opportunity to view Terrence Malick’s film, “A Hidden Life”, here are a few of the many questions you might find arising.

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Eight months ago, our local University Cinema ( had scheduled a showing of Terrence Malick’s new three hour film, “A Hidden Life”.  There was no chance of seeing this film anywhere else. No major theatre would carry such an unwieldy offering. And I knew it would be unavailable on DVD for a long time; it is still unavailable for purchase.

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Terrence Malick’s 1973 film “Badlands” is a movie that invites the viewer to enter into the experience of loneliness and alienation.

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Terrence Malick’s brilliant lyrical masterpiece, The New World begins in the wilds of Virginia in 1607 as the new world is about to be accosted by explorers from England.

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I hesitate to recommend watching Terrence Malick’s 2015 Knight of Cups.

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… and now for something completely different… or maybe not that different.

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