Terrence Malick: filmmaker and philosopher

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Abstract

Many critics have approached Terrence Malick's work from a philosophical perspective, arguing that his films express philosophy through cinema. With their remarkable images of nature, poetic voiceovers, and meditative reflections, Malick's cinema certainly invites philosophical engagement.

In Terrence Malick: Filmmaker and Philosopher, Robert Sinnerbrink takes a different approach, exploring Malick's work as a case of cinematic ethics: films that evoke varieties of ethical experience, encompassing existential, metaphysical, and religious perspectives. Malick's films are not reducible to a particular moral position or philosophical doctrine; rather, they solicit ethically significant forms of experience, encompassing anxiety and doubt, wonder and awe, to questioning and acknowledgment, through aesthetic engagement and poetic reflection.

Drawing on a range of thinkers and approaches from Heidegger and Cavell, Nietzsche and Kierkegaard, to phenomenology and moral psychology Sinnerbrink explores how Malick's films respond to the problem of nihilism the loss of conviction or belief in prevailing forms of value and meaning and the possibility of ethical transformation through cinema: from self-transformation in our relations with others to cultural transformation via our attitudes towards towards nature and the world. Sinnerbrink shows how Malick's later films, from The Tree of Life to Voyage of Time, provide unique opportunities to explore cinematic ethics in relation to the crisis of belief, the phenomenology of love, and film's potential to invite moral transformation.
LanguageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Number of pages224
ISBN (Electronic)9781350063624, 9781350063655
ISBN (Print)9781350063648, 9781350063631
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NamePhilosophical Filmmakers
PublisherBloomsbury Academic

Fingerprint

Terrence Malick
Filmmaker
Philosopher
Cinema
Encompassing
Poetics
Phenomenology
Nature
Nihilism
Self-transformation
Moral Psychology
Doctrine
Søren Kierkegaard
Philosophy
Aesthetics
Metaphysical
Martin Heidegger
Anxiety
Conviction
Friedrich Nietzsche

Cite this

Sinnerbrink, R. (2019). Terrence Malick: filmmaker and philosopher. (Philosophical Filmmakers). London ; New York: Bloomsbury Academic.
Sinnerbrink, Robert. / Terrence Malick : filmmaker and philosopher. London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2019. 224 p. (Philosophical Filmmakers).
@book{095a07eca2e8481aa44f125d488f96d5,
title = "Terrence Malick: filmmaker and philosopher",
abstract = "Many critics have approached Terrence Malick's work from a philosophical perspective, arguing that his films express philosophy through cinema. With their remarkable images of nature, poetic voiceovers, and meditative reflections, Malick's cinema certainly invites philosophical engagement. In Terrence Malick: Filmmaker and Philosopher, Robert Sinnerbrink takes a different approach, exploring Malick's work as a case of cinematic ethics: films that evoke varieties of ethical experience, encompassing existential, metaphysical, and religious perspectives. Malick's films are not reducible to a particular moral position or philosophical doctrine; rather, they solicit ethically significant forms of experience, encompassing anxiety and doubt, wonder and awe, to questioning and acknowledgment, through aesthetic engagement and poetic reflection. Drawing on a range of thinkers and approaches from Heidegger and Cavell, Nietzsche and Kierkegaard, to phenomenology and moral psychology Sinnerbrink explores how Malick's films respond to the problem of nihilism the loss of conviction or belief in prevailing forms of value and meaning and the possibility of ethical transformation through cinema: from self-transformation in our relations with others to cultural transformation via our attitudes towards towards nature and the world. Sinnerbrink shows how Malick's later films, from The Tree of Life to Voyage of Time, provide unique opportunities to explore cinematic ethics in relation to the crisis of belief, the phenomenology of love, and film's potential to invite moral transformation.",
author = "Robert Sinnerbrink",
year = "2019",
language = "English",
isbn = "9781350063648",
series = "Philosophical Filmmakers",
publisher = "Bloomsbury Academic",

}

Sinnerbrink, R 2019, Terrence Malick: filmmaker and philosopher. Philosophical Filmmakers, Bloomsbury Academic, London ; New York.

Terrence Malick : filmmaker and philosopher. / Sinnerbrink, Robert.

London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2019. 224 p. (Philosophical Filmmakers).

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

TY - BOOK

T1 - Terrence Malick

T2 - filmmaker and philosopher

AU - Sinnerbrink,Robert

PY - 2019

Y1 - 2019

N2 - Many critics have approached Terrence Malick's work from a philosophical perspective, arguing that his films express philosophy through cinema. With their remarkable images of nature, poetic voiceovers, and meditative reflections, Malick's cinema certainly invites philosophical engagement. In Terrence Malick: Filmmaker and Philosopher, Robert Sinnerbrink takes a different approach, exploring Malick's work as a case of cinematic ethics: films that evoke varieties of ethical experience, encompassing existential, metaphysical, and religious perspectives. Malick's films are not reducible to a particular moral position or philosophical doctrine; rather, they solicit ethically significant forms of experience, encompassing anxiety and doubt, wonder and awe, to questioning and acknowledgment, through aesthetic engagement and poetic reflection. Drawing on a range of thinkers and approaches from Heidegger and Cavell, Nietzsche and Kierkegaard, to phenomenology and moral psychology Sinnerbrink explores how Malick's films respond to the problem of nihilism the loss of conviction or belief in prevailing forms of value and meaning and the possibility of ethical transformation through cinema: from self-transformation in our relations with others to cultural transformation via our attitudes towards towards nature and the world. Sinnerbrink shows how Malick's later films, from The Tree of Life to Voyage of Time, provide unique opportunities to explore cinematic ethics in relation to the crisis of belief, the phenomenology of love, and film's potential to invite moral transformation.

AB - Many critics have approached Terrence Malick's work from a philosophical perspective, arguing that his films express philosophy through cinema. With their remarkable images of nature, poetic voiceovers, and meditative reflections, Malick's cinema certainly invites philosophical engagement. In Terrence Malick: Filmmaker and Philosopher, Robert Sinnerbrink takes a different approach, exploring Malick's work as a case of cinematic ethics: films that evoke varieties of ethical experience, encompassing existential, metaphysical, and religious perspectives. Malick's films are not reducible to a particular moral position or philosophical doctrine; rather, they solicit ethically significant forms of experience, encompassing anxiety and doubt, wonder and awe, to questioning and acknowledgment, through aesthetic engagement and poetic reflection. Drawing on a range of thinkers and approaches from Heidegger and Cavell, Nietzsche and Kierkegaard, to phenomenology and moral psychology Sinnerbrink explores how Malick's films respond to the problem of nihilism the loss of conviction or belief in prevailing forms of value and meaning and the possibility of ethical transformation through cinema: from self-transformation in our relations with others to cultural transformation via our attitudes towards towards nature and the world. Sinnerbrink shows how Malick's later films, from The Tree of Life to Voyage of Time, provide unique opportunities to explore cinematic ethics in relation to the crisis of belief, the phenomenology of love, and film's potential to invite moral transformation.

M3 - Book

SN - 9781350063648

SN - 9781350063631

T3 - Philosophical Filmmakers

BT - Terrence Malick

PB - Bloomsbury Academic

CY - London ; New York

ER -

Sinnerbrink R. Terrence Malick: filmmaker and philosopher. London ; New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019. 224 p. (Philosophical Filmmakers).