[percy-l] Terrence Malick and Percy - Review Essay of the film "Knight of Cups and the Spirituality of Sleaze" (Bret McCracken)

Henry Mills wppdirector at gmail.com
Tue Mar 8 09:11:28 EST 2016

Dear Percy-L:

I would like to commend the below review article of Terrence Malick's 
latest film, "Knight of Cups," for quite an interesting read. Percy is 
quoted (through Binx) in the review, and the parallels between Malick 
and Percy are substantial on numerous levels that could lead to an 
engaging Percy-L discussion. (Malick, to my knowledge, was greatly 
influenced by Percy and once apparently considered a film version of 
"The Moviegoer," though that was some fifteen years ago.)  From 
"Knight," it is possible to understand why.

That being said, the somewhat tentative nature of this essay's beginning 
is misleading and rather establishes the context that ultimately targets 
what might be seen as Malick's brilliance, and in turn Percy's — in 
their artistic rendering of "where" personal meaning lies, in the 
contrast of being drawn toward the superficial or the substantive, 
despite the abundant nature of the former (for example, Los Angeles as 
Malick's setting), and the fleeting "signs" of the latter (the search 
for relationship) as in "The Moviegoer." Malick and Percy walk in stride 
in their "indirect communications" of where each places the locus of 
personal meaning.

I, for one, would be interested in any follow-up comments any on the 
list have to offer.

Henry Mills
Percy-L Administrator


*"Knight of Cups and the Spirituality of Sleaze"*

In his seventh film, Terrence Malick explores spiritual struggle amidst 
the stargazing seductions of the City of Angels.
Brett McCracken/ MARCH 4, 2016


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