New 'Tree of Life' Featurette on Emmanuel Lubezki's Cinematography

February 1, 2012
Source: YouTube

Emmanuel Lubezki - Tree of Life

"What he's after is capturing a moment." Though this is a bit late to the game, Fox Searchlight posted a new featurette online (on YouTube via Thompson on Hollywood) that focuses on Director of Photography Emmanuel Lubezki and his beautiful cinematography. The Tree of Life has three Oscar noms this year, including Best Picture, Best Director and of course Best Cinematography. This features a few talking heads with producers and otherwise, but it's mostly lots of Lubezki's gorgeous cinematography from the film (but why isn't it in HD, Searchlight?!). It's a great refresher on some amazing cinematography from last year.

Watch the new featurette for Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life focusing on Emmanuel Lubezki:

From Terrence Malick, the acclaimed director of such classic films as Badlands, Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 50's. It follows the life journey of eldest son Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years (Penn) as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father. Jack, as an adult, finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking out answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Fox Searchlight already released Malick's The Tree of Life in theaters last summer, and it has since been nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It's now available on Blu-Ray as well.

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  • Samp
    Holy shit, the majority of that footage was stuff that was not in the fine cut! Does this mean we'll be seeing the 6 hour edition sometime in the near future?
    • Johnny Neat
       I hope Criterion gets to release that complete version.
    • I've seen the film four times, and I'm confident everything in this video (with maybe a few shots being exceptions) is in the theatrical release of the film and on the blu-ray. So, sorry. I'm looking forward to an extended cut too - but this video isn't in any way a preview for it.
  • happy camper
    this will win the oscar for cinematography. just stunning.
  • Danimal
    This deserves the "best cinematography" Oscar, hands down. But I don't think it should get "best picture" only because the story was so abstract and uninteresting (IMO, of course). I believe a "best picture" film should be great in all aspects of the film.  But mad props to Malick and Lubezki for 'The Tree of Life'...the most beautiful film I've ever seen, as well as the most boring film I've ever seen.
  • yoyojojo
    The beauty of this film lies in its visuals. They capturing of emotion through an image. Many people can not handle the "abstract and uninteresting" nature of Malick's films but they are the most poetic movies being made today. They stretch our traditions and concepts of what a narrative film should be.




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