chapter  5
Amy Coplan
Pages 22

The main thing that distinguishes film from other art forms is its ability to create stories through the selective presentation of visual and aural information. This is especially true of Malick’s films, which are more cinematic than most because they foreground features of experience that can only be communicated through appeal to the senses. In this essay, I will examine how Malick uses film form to express and elicit feeling. I do not offer this examination as an interpretation of the film but rather as a kind of prolegomenon or introduction to an interpretation. Why?