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5 Extraordinary Locations: Malick's The Tree of Life

Updated on February 22, 2018
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Kenna worked on many productions as PA, Craft Services, Talent Scout, Grip, and Producer. Credits include Bowling for Columbine, Wallace.

What is Malick Trying to Say?

Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life takes us on a passage through the Heavens, and then we are carried above volcanoes, and then plunge below the surface into the deep ocean.

We are shown a few of our great scientific images of all time. The whole time I am wondering why are we on this journey with Malick. I don't think this concept has ever been fully answered.

During the movie, we arrive at diverse locations such as Waco, Texas, Villa Lante, Death Valley and the Sun. Malick tries to remind us of the space, living things and how important our humanity really is. Being raised by a violent father and an angelica mother balance a person? Does history shape our existence?

I had the opportunity to watch the movie the other night. A viewing experience that at times bewildered me with visual and aural beauty. Almost bored with wandering attention, I was surprised to see dinosaurs in the movie, which I believe were an explanation for why man is so violent – but not sure.

The DVD comes with a 30-minute behind the scenes look at the making of the movie, which didn't help explain the movie.

“The nuns taught us there are two ways through life: the way of nature, and the way of grace. You have to choose which one you’ll follow.”

— Mrs. O’Brien (Jessica Chastain) in Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life
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Death Valley:
Death Valley, CA, USA

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Death Valley

In the Mojave Desert, which is located in Eastern California, lays Death Valley. It has been recorded that the area registers the lowest, driest and hottest locations in North America. The valley established its name in 1849 during the Gold Rush of California. Its name “death,” didn’t hold true to the era with only one death actually recorded during the Gold Rush.

On July 10, 1913, the hottest air temperature ever recorded in was 134 Fahrenheit at Furnace Creek, a perfect name for the occurrence. During this time period, the desert had reached 129 degrees Fahrenheit for five straight days.

The area was at one point (2.588 million to 12000 years) a succession of inland seas called Lake Manly. How this relates to Malick's movie I don't know.

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Waco, Texas:
Waco, TX, USA

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Texas

The second largest state in the United States is Texas and is nearly twice as large as Germany and Japan. The great size of Texas brings divergent climatic regions, and rivers form three of its borders. Thus, the state is very diverse, yet beautiful, with deserts, prairies, grasslands, forests, and coastlines. For this reason, the large state resembles both the South and the Southwest areas in America.

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Villa Lante:
Villa Lante, Via Jacopo Barozzi, 71, 01100 Bagnaia, Viterbo VT, Italy

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Villa Lante

The Villa Lante is a historical garden of wonder near Viterbo, in central Italy. Construction of Villa Lante started around 1566. The estate has changed owners many, many times since the construction. Families lived in the Villa until around the 19th century.

The property is famous for its architectural design and water fountains drawing thousands of visitors for centuries.

In 1944, Allied bombing fell heavily on the estate due to the fall of Rome. In the late 20th century the Villa was purchased by Dr. Angelo Cantoni, who managed a very long restoration process. As of 2014, the Villa is owned by the Republic of Italy.


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The Sun

The Sun is a star at the center of our Solar System. The star has a mass 330,000 times that of Earth. The Sun’s energy emanates sunlight that just about supports all life on Earth and directs Earth’s climate and weather. Due to the God-like character of the Sun, it controls the wellbeing of Earth. Some societies have believed the Sun to be a deity.

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Mauna Loa:
Mauna Loa, South Kona, HI 96785, USA

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Mauna Loa

One of the largest volcanoes on Earth is the Mauna Loa, which is located in the tropical paradise of Hawaii. Being one of the five volcanoes that form the Islands of Hawaii, the volcano is believed to have been active for roughly 700,000 years. However, Mauna Loa’s most recent eruption in 1984 caused no deaths, the prior ones in 1926 and 1950 devastated villages.

Hilo, Hawaii is partly built on lava flows from the 19th century. Due to the fact that Mauna Loa is still active and evolving, the volcano is continuously watched for the safety of its inhabitants.

Understanding the Movie

I have shown you images of scenes where Malick filmed his movie hoping it helps you understand his overall message of nature and grace forms man. Another pivotal part of Malick’s films is the music he plays.

“The nuns taught us there are two ways through life: the way of nature, and the way of grace. You have to choose which one you’ll follow,” Mrs. O’Brien (Jessica Chastain)

We cannot hear his music now but only in the movie where the soundtrack plays a vital part of The Tree of Life. The visual locations with the major compositions by greatest composers including Mozart, Brahms, Berlioz, and others experience the nature and grace of humankind.


© 2011 Kenna McHugh

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