The New World: Limited Release Version
Location: Redstone Theater
Dir. Terrence Malick. 2005, 150 mins. 35mm. With Colin Farrell, Q’orianka Kilcher, Christian Bale, Christopher Plummer. After yet another years-long hiatus, Malick returned with this interpretation of the story of John Smith (Farrell) and Pocahontas (Kilcher), a transcendental reverie on the clash between civilizations and the romance between individuals on opposite sides of an ethnological gulf. Following the aesthetic trajectory he established with The Thin Red Line, Malick and his collaborators push the envelope further. Longtime production designer Jack Fisk (Days of Heaven, The Tree of Life) recreates the Jamestown settlement as a lumber and mud outpost alternately utopic and dystopic – as both a gateway to paradise and cesspool of hell. Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, in the first of many transformative collaborations with Malick, invents a whole new way for the steadicam to move, as if flying through the open spaces of Powhatan camps or the closed corridors of Jacobean London. An abundant film that spawned three versions – the Museum presents both the wide-release cut and this longer version, briefly released at the end of 2005.
Tickets: $15 ($11 seniors and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / free or discounted for Museum members. Order tickets online. (Members may contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions regarding online reservations.)