Terrence MalickTerrence Malick
(born November 30 1943
, Waco, Texas
) is an enigmatic American film director
. His reputation as a filmmaker rests on three pictures: Badlands
, Days of Heaven
, and The Thin Red Line
and Days of Heaven
are considered modern masterpieces of cinematography
once commenting that any frame of Days of Heaven
could be blown up and hung on the wall).
Terrence Malick grew up on a farm and worked as a farmhand before studying philosophy at Harvard. After graduating he went to Magdalen College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar but left before finishing his thesis (on Martin Heidegger) after a disagreement with his advisor.
He moved back to the United States and taught philosophy at MIT while freelancing as a journalist.