Must Watch: Chris Nolan, David Fincher in a 'Tree of Life' Featurette

June 15, 2011
Source: Apple

The Tree of Life Featurette

Masters talking about masters. Fox Searchlight has just debuted a fantastic new featurette over on Apple for Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, which is already playing in art house theaters nationwide. Since they couldn't get the reclusive Terrence Malick himself in front of a camera, they got two other notoriously hard-to-find legendary directors instead: David Fincher and Christopher Nolan. Yes, this is awesome! The two of them talk about how Malick has inspired them and their love for the way he shot Tree of Life, which is indeed a gorgeous film. This is definitely the convincing needed to go see this while it's out in theaters.

Watch the brand new featurette for Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life from YouTube:

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. Through Malick's images we see how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives as individuals and families, but all life. Fox Searchlight is bringing Tree of Life to theaters starting May 27th.

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Very interesting. Curious though what that square at the very end title in the 'R' was about. Mistake? Intentional?

Nick Sears on Jun 15, 2011


Whaaa? What are you referring to? Take a screenshot!

Alex Billington on Jun 15, 2011


I saw it too! Right at the end with the title credit....look at the "R" in "Tree". Just looks like a glitch though.....

Conrad Williams on Jun 16, 2011


I saw it as well, it's probably some sort of glitch. 

samir on Jun 16, 2011


Great video, very interesting, thanks for sharing!

CisforCinema on Jun 15, 2011


Can't wait for this to hit a theater near me. Fortunately it's set to get a nationwide release on July 8th. It's doing very well in it's limited release, so far though. Anyone who wants to see when it might hit a theater closest to them(prior to the July 8th release) can check here. http://content.foxsearchlight.com/inside/node/4851

Chris_G on Jun 15, 2011


It will come to Vietnam on August. Can't wait for this next masterpiece of Terrence Malick.

R W O on Jun 16, 2011


Don't waste your money, see it at home...you may not watch all of it...

Tim on Jun 16, 2011


hmmm.. Nolan and Fincher are praising the movie and this guy Tim doesn't recommend it. Wow what a difficult decision I have to make..  Tim or Nolan and Fincher.

money waster on Jun 16, 2011



Adam L on Jun 16, 2011


I did not like the Tree of Life. I thought the first part of the film was extraordinary, some of the most beautiful cinematography you'll ever see. But is it a movie? Or more of a documentary, a "museum" like piece. It sure is art. My friends thought that part was awful, it had no plot, no dialogue. Then, for the second part, when they actually speak to each other, the movie completely losts me. I think it's premise was amazing but Mallick aimed to a kind of "epicness" he wasn't able to capture on screen. What's with all the whisper? I read here that Mallick thinks that way the dialogue sounds more real. It doesn't. It really got on my nerves. There isn't a plot, don't tell me I didn't understand the movie. I just think that for something to be called just that, a movie, it is much more about the plot than the imagery. I'm not even going to talk about some particular scenes as they might be considered spoilers. There's something about organized chaos that makes it beautiful and engaging, unfortanetely this isn't the case. And contrary to some opinions, I believe that a good movie must amaze you the first time you see it. I don't by that "To understand this movie you have to see it three times" crap. It should stand on its own with one viewing, that's when masterpieces capture the audience. I think the movie felt short considering its potential. Some of the most amazing shots I've seen in a long time, but the whole package was really flawed

Anonymous on Jun 16, 2011


Yeah because so many people praised 2001 when it first came out.

RomanM on Jun 17, 2011


That's not the same thing. The question is, did you like 2001 the first time you saw it or not? Sometimes the movie just doesn't go mainstream when it comes out and goes on as a cult hit, that's not what I'm talking about. Fight Club was a cult hit when it came out and that movie blew me away the first time I saw it. The same goes for so many others.

Anonymous on Jun 17, 2011


Finally seeing this Friday. Miami is finally going to be blessed with this film. I hope it holds water as well as that amazing trailer did for me.

Johnny Neat on Jun 16, 2011

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