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?