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  • Subject: Re: [percy-l] Terrence Malick and Percy - Review Essay of the film "Knight of Cups and the Spirituality of Sleaze" (Bret McCracken)
  • Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2016 16:21:53 -0600

To Percy Bloggers:


Malick’s portrayal of women in Knight is controversial for good reason. His notorious tendencies to relegate women in his films to whispering waifs, cartwheeling pixies, and ethereal angel-muses are taken to the extreme in Knight. Frequently nude or scantily clad, the impressive roster of actresses in Knight function as little more than fragile beauties, icons of seduction and HD eye candy (with the possible exception of Cate Blanchett, whose short time on screen is more substantive than the rest).



As for this movie that portrays flagrant nudity, I say whatever potential artistic good is far outweighed by the harm that it causes.  I am sure that Percy would not have approved of this movie.  In today’s society, we have to guard our eyes and hearts.  Only the pure of heart shall see God.  


I leave this quote:

The Way #134, Holy Purity

‘The flesh though dressed in silk’… This is my only comment when I see you waver before the temptation that hides its impurity under pretexts of art, of science…, of charity!

This is my only comment set in the words of an old proverb: ‘The flesh is flesh though dressed in silk.’  St. Josemaria Escriva



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


A very good summation of "Knight of cups"

I will add this

Whereas it was once the highest purpose of life to achieved a  freedom from oneself it is now

Our will to secure the greatest possible measure of freedom for oneself 

No matter from what

The movie gets a hold of this fact and doesn't let go

Wonder if anyone will have their head turned

Dr. Percy would call this movie the aesthetic stage

One that moves along from experience to experience a rotation here

Nostalgia there


Sent from my iPad

On Mar 8, 2016, at 9:11 AM, Henry Mills <wppdirector AT> wrote:

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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