Carlos Losilla speaks about Terrence Malick


.02 Julio | 17:00h | Teatro Principal


Following in the rich tradition of American lovers-on-the-run movies, Badlands is probably Terrence Malick’s best film –a film full of iconic instants that stick to memory. Sissy Spacek’s voice opening the story as if she didn’t really believe what she is about to tell. Martin Sheen’s way of walking through dusty paths in the middle of nowhere. The two of them dancing in a pitch black night, lit only by the headlamps of their car. A foolish gunshot knocking down some poor fellow to the ground. Badlands still shares the sneaky urgency present in films like Lang’s You Only Live Once and Ray’s They Live by Night, but, unlike them, it is completely devoid of romanticism –all we see is bodies walking across the landscape, blending with it without explanation. All of this makes Badlands a founding film of the modern American cinema of the seventies.

Carlos Losilla is a Spanish essayist, film critic, and professor. He teaches at Universitat Pompeu Fabra and ESCAC (Barcelona), and is a member of the editorial board of major publications on cinema, such as En busca de Ulrich Seidl (2003), La invención de Hollywood (2005), El sitio de Viena (2007), Flujos de la melancolía (2012), La invención de la modernidad (2013) and Zona de sombra (2014).