Terrence Malick

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Terrence Malick (born November 30, 1943) is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, and producer. In a career spanning decades, Malick has directed five feature films.

Numerous critics consider Malick's films to be masterpieces, some critics have even hailed his movies as some of the greatest films ever made.[1][2] Malick was nominated for an Academy Award for both Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director for The Thin Red Line.


Early life

Sources state Malick's place of birth as Ottawa, Illinois[3] or Waco, Texas.[3][4] His father was an oil company executive of Assyrian descent.[5][6] Malick grew up in Bartlesville, Oklahoma and Texas, working on oil fields as a young man. He moved to Austin, Texas and graduated from St. Stephen's Episcopal School.

Malick studied philosophy under Stanley Cavell at Harvard University, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1965. He went on to Magdalen College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. After a disagreement with his adviser, Gilbert Ryle, over his thesis on the concept of the world in Kierkegaard, Heidegger, and Wittgenstein, Malick left Oxford without a doctorate degree. In 1969, Northwestern University Press published Malick's translation of Heidegger's Vom Wesen des Grundes as The Essence of Reasons. Moving back to the United States, Malick taught philosophy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology while freelancing as a journalist. He wrote articles for Newsweek, The New Yorker, and Life.[4]

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