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The Thin Red Line is the third production of Terrence Malick this film contains elements that have been also presented in his previous works as director in the films Badlands Days Of Heaven and his next films The New World Tree of Life and To The Wonder Malick has specific arrangements and trademarks that are recurrent in his films such as the unusual use of voice-over in his characters and the way he takes advantage of the natural world and landscapes to convey existential ideas about the relationship between nature and the human being These Malickian components help in The Thin Red Line to create a different vision about the experience of being in war creating a transcendental vision about existence The Thin Red Line is set during the battle of Guadalcanal in the South Pacific during World War II The film converge important topics from war like the use of power and violence to take-over of a piece of land that from the beginning is meant for everyone to live and survive but at the end is meaningless personal themes as the temperament of the soldiers confronting their fears and desires and universal themes like the beauty of natural world and the relationship between humans and the environment These topics are combined to create scenes that capture the contradictory point of view about being in a terrible war surrounded by beautiful landscapesThe use of voice over is a tool that is present in each of Terrence Malicks films either as a single voice-over narration or as multiple voices In The Thin Red Line Malick uses many narrators with similar tone of voice that sometimes is hard to know who is speaking this directorial choice creates a feeling of confusion but also the specific use of voice-over of many young actors who have a similar voice convey the idea that the director is not showing a particular character instead Malick is presenting human beings
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