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The New World

The New World

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2005 / 135min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: TERRENCE MALICK

CAST: Q'ORIANKA KILCHER, COLIN FARRELL, CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER, CHRISTIAN BALE

The romance between John Smith and Pocahontas at Jamestown in the early years of the colonies is a shopworn American legend, but as filmed by Malick seems to be occurring for the very first time, in a film marked throughout by a sense of awed discovery. Newcomer Q’orianka Kilcher, in a revelatory performance, plays Pocahontas opposite Colin Farrell’s Smith, and her free-flowing physicality is followed by the reeling and gamboling camera of DP Emmanuel Lubezki, who here commences a vital collaboration with Malick. A radical reinterpretation of the foundational myth of America, filled with passages of reverie and rhapsody and haunted by a sense of Paradise Lost.