Location: Redstone Theater
Dir. Terrence Malick. 1973, 95 mins. 35mm. With Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates. Based on the 1958 killing spree of Charles Starkweather and his 14-year-old accomplice Caril Ann Fugate, Terrence Malick’s feature debut establishes a singular tone and tempo, in which suspended moments of wonder at the manifested world give way to sudden ruptures of anger and violence. Set amid the vast, repressed landscape of the mid-century west, the film conjures an atmosphere of a fairy tale while maintaining an alternately cosmic and comic distance from its protagonists, the naively passive Holly (Spacek) and callowly rapacious Kit (Sheen), whose desperate progress carries them from the suburbs of South Dakota to the badlands of Montana.
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