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Nolan and Fincher talk about Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life

This short (2:25) featurette on Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life sees two of the most popular directors today — Christopher Nolan and David Fincher — discussing Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line, Badlands) and, mostly indirectly, the director’s new film. Malick can be a bit too ponderous for some filmgoers, but I always find it interesting to see filmmakers discuss other filmmakers’ work.

The featurette also displays a bit of footage we haven’t seen in trailers yet, so it’s worth seeing in that respect, too.

via Coming Soon

Trailer Watch: Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life

Terrence Malick’s new film, The Tree of Life, was apparently booed (and applauded) at Cannes, putting it in a (probably) small group of films that includes Lars von Trier’s Antichrist, Vincent Gallo’s execrable Brown Bunny, and Michelangelo Antonioni’s astoundingly beautiful L’Avventura. Manohla Dargis describes Tree as a “a beautiful if hermetic vision,” though, which — despite the many, many times I’ve disagreed with Dargis — I find encouraging.

While I can’t defend a film I haven’t seen, but I’ll point out two facts: a lot of people at Cannes get drunk (you have drink beer in French theaters, after all), and even French people can have crappy taste. Malick hasn’t made a film yet that I’ve found uninteresting. I’ve seen all of his features, and I especially love The Thin Red Line and The New World. Are his films also glacially slow and occasionally self-indulgent? Sure. But always beautiful, and always fascinating.

The Tree of Life is out in the US on May 27, 2011. You can read the film’s official synopsis after the cut.