NPR recently posted a review of the latest Terrence Malick flick, a film with an intriguingly occult-flavored title, Knight of Cups, following in the footstep of Malick’s previous films: Tree of Life and To the Wonder. In part the reviewer notes:
“That Knight of Cups is not just a gambol through show-biz hedonism is announced by its title — a reference to the Tarot card that represents a restless man who’s guided by emotion — and its opening lines, which are from John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. These are intoned by the late John Gielgud, commencing the movie’s dense, murmuring narration. The film’s characters rarely speak, but they do think out loud, and their ponderings overlap with lines from Bunyan; Plato’s Phaedrus, whose concerns include erotic love; and The Acts of Thomas, one of those gnostic texts left out of the New Testament.
“The words and pictures seldom align, although the abundant water imagery may symbolize rebirth or purification. Rick and various belles are forever splashing into surf or lurching into pools, often fully clothed. These secular baptisms are contrasted by what may be an actual joke: shots of dogs underwater, retrieving toys. Humans don’t know what they seek, while canines have straightforward goals.”
Read the entire review here:
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