In 1973, The New American Cinema was well underway. The French New Wave had blown the doors of cinema open as to what was possible, and American movies like Bonnie and Clyde (Penn, 1967) and The Wild Bunch (Peckinpah, 1969) had broken down barriers and led the way for a new crop of young filmmakers. The closing film for the New York Film Festival was not only the impressive debut of writer/producer/director Terrence Malick, but it was also a unique and lasting look at the American criminal. Loosely based on the real-life exploits of serial killer, Charles Starkweather and his 14-year-old girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate, Badlands also drew influence from … Continue reading BADLANDS (1973)