Terrence Malick’s City Symphony


Conor Bateman


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In reframing Knight of Cups as a city-symphony short I wanted to put the film’s images at the forefront, detached from narrative. It’s rare that a filmmaker like Malick places us within urban confines, so perhaps this short too acts as a demo reel for the ingenuity and visual splendor on offer when he does.

This video essay was originally published by Fandor Keyframe in April 2016.