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Also Known As: David Whitney, Terrence Frederick Malick Died:
Born: November 30, 1943 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Ottawa, Illinois, USA Profession: director, producer, screenwriter, actor, journalist, philosophy professor

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Director Terrence Malick was one of the most meticulous, original and enigmatic American filmmakers to emerge in the vaunted 1970s. Unlike other equally gifted directors who came of age during that time like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Spielberg, Malick's source of inspiration came from his rural, rather than urban, roots, which were often displayed with lush photography and deeply resonant voiceovers that waxed philosophical about humanity's place in nature. But after directing two excellent and widely revered films, "Badlands" (1973) and "Days of Heaven" (1978), Malick suddenly disappeared, going into self-imposed exile at a time when he was at the height of his command. Rumors abounded as to his whereabouts, until it finally became clear that he took up residence in Paris and proceeded to live in semi-seclusion, emerging only for uncredited rewrite work on several films. Twenty years had passed by the time he returned to filmmaking with the poignant antiwar masterpiece, "The Thin Red Line" (1998), and lyrical epics like "The New World" (2005) and "The Tree of Life" (2011), all of which proved to doubtful critics that Malick was still a master filmmaker at the top of his game. ...

Director Terrence Malick was one of the most meticulous, original and enigmatic American filmmakers to emerge in the vaunted 1970s. Unlike other equally gifted directors who came of age during that time like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Spielberg, Malick's source of inspiration came from his rural, rather than urban, roots, which were often displayed with lush photography and deeply resonant voiceovers that waxed philosophical about humanity's place in nature. But after directing two excellent and widely revered films, "Badlands" (1973) and "Days of Heaven" (1978), Malick suddenly disappeared, going into self-imposed exile at a time when he was at the height of his command. Rumors abounded as to his whereabouts, until it finally became clear that he took up residence in Paris and proceeded to live in semi-seclusion, emerging only for uncredited rewrite work on several films. Twenty years had passed by the time he returned to filmmaking with the poignant antiwar masterpiece, "The Thin Red Line" (1998), and lyrical epics like "The New World" (2005) and "The Tree of Life" (2011), all of which proved to doubtful critics that Malick was still a master filmmaker at the top of his game.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Lawless (2014)
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  New World, The (2005) Director
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  Thin Red Line, The (1998) Director
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  Days of Heaven (1978) Director
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  Badlands (1973) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Paradise (2009)
2.
 Badlands (1973) Architect
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Worked as journalist in the mid-1960s; writings published in <i>Newsweek</i>, <i>Time</i> and <i>The New Yorker</i>
1968:
Taught philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1969:
Published a translation of Martin Heidegger¿s <i>The Essence of Reasons</i>
1971:
Directed his thesis film "Lanton Mills"
1970:
Did uncredited work on the screenplay for "Drive, He Said"
1970:
First produced screenplay, "Deadhead Miles" (film was shelved until 1982 release)
1971:
Reportedly worked on script for "Dirty Harry"
1972:
First released film where he received screenplay credit, "Pocket Money"
1973:
Feature producing and directing debut, "Badlands"; also scripted and acted in a bit part
1974:
Co-wrote script for "The Gravy Train" with Bill Kerr (credited under the pseudonym David Whitney)
1978:
Directed second feature, "Days of Heaven" (film spent two years in post-production)
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Moved to Paris for several years
1998:
Wrote and directed first film in twenty years, "The Thin Red Line"
2005:
Directed the the pre-colonial epic "The New World," a revisionist take on the story of Pocahontas and John Smith
2011:
Directed fifth feature, "The Tree of Life," which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival
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Education

Magdalen College, Oxford University: Oxford , England -
St Stephen's Episcopal School: Westlake , Texas -
Harvard University: Cambridge , Massachusetts - 1966
AFI Conservatory: Los Angeles , California - 1969 - 1971
Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute: - 1969 - 1971

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wife:
Jill Jakes. Married c. 1970; divorced in 1976.
companion:
Michie Gleason. Director, screenwriter. Together in the late 1970s.
wife:
Michele Malick. Second wife; French; met c. 1980 in Paris; married in 1985; separated; Malick asked for a divorce in 1996; divorced.
wife:
Alexandra Wallace. Has three children from previous relationship; married c. 1997; credited with continuity on "The Thin Red Line".
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father:
Emil Malick. Geologist. Worked for Phillips Petroleum; of Lebanese ancestry.
mother:
Irene Malick. Of Irish extraction; originally from the Chicago area.
brother:
Chris Malick. Younger; badly burned in a car accident in which his wife was killed.
brother:
Larry Malick. Younger; was studying guitar in Spain; reportedly broke his hands in frustration with his progess; committed suicide.
step-daughter:
Alexandra. Daughter from second wife Michele's previous relationship.
step-son:
Todd Wallace. Had bit part in "The Thin Red Line"; mother, Alexandra Wallace.
step-son:
Will Wallace. Had bit role in "The Thin Red Line"; mother, Alexandra Wallace.
step-daughter:
Merie Wallace. Photographer. Was still photographer on set of "The Thin Red Line".
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