• A distinctive trait of the films of Terrence Malick is the artful way they employ narration. Sometimes the voice-over is dreamy (Sissy Spacek’s in Badlands), sometimes it’s disarmingly concrete (Linda Manz’s in Days of Heaven), sometimes it comprises audacious, poetic philosophical musings (that of all the soldiers in The Thin Red Line)—but it’s always there, a character in its own right. In this clip from an interview included in our new editions of Badlands, editor Billy Weber describes how the voice-over in Malick’s first film came to be, how it was influenced by Truffaut, and how the collaborators’ process evolved when they worked together again on Days of Heaven.

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  • By thevoid99
    March 19, 2013
    07:12 PM

    When it comes to voice-overs, Malick is a master of that and hearing it from Billy Weber's perspective of how it evolved showcases more of why Malick is a high priest in the world of film.
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  • By Patrick
    March 21, 2013
    11:05 AM

    Linda Manz's narration is my favorite on all Malick films. The sequence on the boat especially.
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