Calm: On Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line

  • Simon Critchley


Wittgenstein asks a question, which sounds like the first line of a joke: How does one philosopher address another? To which the unfunny and perplexing riposte is, ‘Take your time’.2 Terrence Malick is evidently someone who takes his time. Since his first movie, Badlands, was premiered at the New York Film Festival in 1973, he has directed just two more: Days of Heaven, in 1979, and then nearly a 20 year gap until the long-awaited 1998 movie, The Thin Red Line, which is the topic of this essay.


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  1. 10.
    Heidegger, ‘What is Metaphysics?’, in (1978), p. 102.Google Scholar

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