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The best of Malick's rest playing at TIFF Cinematheque in Toronto

U.S. director Terrence Malick

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Director Terrence Malick's career can be compared to the seasonal, almost planetary rotations that his epic films conjure. Nature mirrors man in his films, and you can feel the world turning beneath the characters. The same goes for the reclusive Malick's career and his relatively small, though hugely praised, body of work.

TIFF Cinematheque is continuing its retrospective of four of Malick's best known previous works, as an accompaniment to the release of his latest, The Tree of Life.

On Saturday and Wednesday, the series continues with Malick's 1978 film Days of Heaven, which sealed the director's reputation for depicting the lyrical ties between his characters and the vastness of the land.

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On Sunday and then again on Saturday, June 18,, his 2005 film The New World, starring Colin Farrell, will fill the screen with immaculately composed shots of the English arrival on the shore of native America.

On Tuesday, the series will show his 1973 early work Badlands, starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek. It will also be screened on June 16, 18 and 19.

A screening of the 1998 war epic The Thin Red Line, which marked Malick's return after two decades away from filmmaking, has been rescheduled to June 19.

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