Terrence Malick loves using images of fire and water in his films. He also loves earth and air, so he’s got all of 450BCE’s favorite elements locked down. This minute-long exploration from kogonada juxtaposes scenes from Malick films in order to find some structural and contextual similarities between the way the filmmaker uses those first two elements.

It’s gorgeous, as Malick’s work tends to be, but it’s also fascinating to see how he captured some of the same shapes from two very different entities, as well as how people and other natural structures impact the visuals. The video composition is truly stunning, but more than anything it goes to prove how deliberate Malick is as a filmmaker (even when, you know, he’s slicing entire performances out of the final cut).

I can’t wait until Wheat and Sun get added into the mix. How about it, kogonada?


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