Not One Power, But Two: Dark Grounds and Twilit Paradises in Malick

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Abstract

If the previous chapters by Cabrera, Reid and Craig, and Cerbone all accentuate the paradox of existence, that our being-in-the-world is simultaneously beautiful and ugly, good and evil, joyous and painful, Jussi Backman’s “Not One Power, But Two: Dark Grounds and Twilit Paradises in Malick” investigates this fundamental ambivalence in terms of Schelling’s doctrine of evil, a view that assigns evil (and hence melancholy) a fundamental place as a basic principle of reality. Backman’s suggestion at once deepens and complexifies the way in which Malick’s films can be seen as exercises in “aesthetic theodicy,” as Sinnerbrink has said.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLife Above the Clouds
Subtitle of host publicationPhilosophy in the Films of Terrence Malick
EditorsSteven DeLay
Place of PublicationAlbany
Pages127-146
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781438492131
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes
Publication typeA3 Book chapter

Keywords

  • philosophy of cinema
  • philosophy of film
  • evil
  • theodicy
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling
  • Martin Heidegger
  • Terrence Malick

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