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Reclusive auteur Terrence Malick to make rare live appearance next month

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Tree Of Life and Badlands director Terrence Malick is a notoriously hard man to catch in the wild: he doesn’t appear in making-of features for his own films, grant many interviews, or even allow photographs of himself to surface in the public realm. (To say nothing of his 20-year hiatus from film-making, between 1978’s Days Of Heaven and 1998’s The Thin Red Line.)

Fans of the celebrated director (and Italian cinema) might want to make their way to New Jersey next month, though: Malick has apparently been scheduled to speak at the Princteon Garden Theater, as part of a discussion on Roberto Rossellini’s 1954 masterpiece Journey To Italy. According to the theater’s web site, the October 21 showing of the film will be followed by “a live conversation with acclaimed director Terrence Malick.” Tickets don’t appear to be on sale for the event at the moment, although it’s not clear if they’re not available yet, or if fanatical Malick fans—hoping to get a glimpse of their hero beyond the occasional on-set photo—have already scooped them up.

Malick’s most recent film was the “transporting, repetitive” Knight Of Cups; his next, Weightless, is expected to arrive next year.


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