Screenplay and Quotes from Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life (2011)

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Screenplay

Film Analysis and Interpretations

Film Quotes

Prologue: [on screen, unspoken] “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the Earth, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” Job 38: 4,7

Mr. O’Brien: I wanted to be loved because I was great; A big man. I’m nothing. Look at the glory around us; trees, birds. I lived in shame. I dishonored it all, and didn’t notice the glory. I’m a foolish man.

Mr. O’Brien: Wrong people go hungry, die. Wrong people get loved. The world lives by trickery. If you want to succeed you can’t be too good.

Mrs. O’Brien: [

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Welcome Happy Morning – The Tree of Life (2011)

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Welcome Happy Morning by Hanan Townshend

-(Shouting, Chattering)

-(Bell Clanging)

Teacher: The next word is “volcano.”

The next word is “socket.”

Teacher: No interruptions, please.

Please pass your answers to each other. We’re gonna grade each other’s papers now.

(Laughing)

(Laughing continues)

Teacher: Come on. Get your pencil out.

Teacher: After logs go to the paper mill…(Indistinct)

**(Piano)

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Criterion’s ‘The Tree of Life’ Is Not a Director’s Cut, but a New Movie From Terrence Malick — IndieWire

‘Who do you love most?’ ‘I love you all three the same.’ – The Tree of Life (2011)

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Mother: …against the Panther, and they went off to look for Kaa the Rock Python.

They found him and stretched out on a warm ledge in the afternoon sun, admiring his beautiful new coat.

Son: Who do you love most?

Mother: I love you all three the same.

R.L.: Tell us a story from before we can remember.

Mother: Went for a ride on an airplane once. It was a graduation present.

Young Jack (Whispers): Mother.

Make me good.

Brave.

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The Tree of Life (2011): Film Trivia

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IMDB Trivia – The Tree of Life (2011)

  • The criticJim Emersongot word of whatTerrence Malickintended the sequence of dinosaurs to mean, by way of the visual effects supervisor in charge of that very sequence who isMichael L. Fink. Emerson describes what he learned from Fink; “The premise of the four-shot scene was to depict the birth of consciousness (what some have called the “birth of compassion”)-the first moment in which a living creature made a conscious decision to choose what Michael described as “right from wrong, good from evil.” Or, perhaps, a form of altruism over predatory instinct”.

  • The butterfly that landed on Mrs. O’Brien’s (Jessica Chastain) hands was not CG but a real one. One morning while both Chastain andBrad Pittwere rehearsing,Terrence Malickspotted it flying around. He got the crew and Chastain following it three blocks of…

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Christopher Nolan’s Favorite Movies: 30 Films the Director Wants You to See (The Tree of Life) – IndieWire

Christopher Nolan has decided to partner with IndieWire and name his 30 favorite movies of all-time. The list isn’t half-bad at all. I’m especially approving of his Terrence Malick inclusions (“The Thin Red Line” and “The Tree of Life“). However, as it is with all lists, one must wonder why a few films appear on his list. “First Man”? Really? I loved Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” and “La La Land,” but “First Man” seemed like a step back for me. Also, 1978’s “Superman” is not and never will be as good as Richard Donner’s director’s cut of “Superman II” and yet the former appears in Nolan’s picks and the latter doesn’t.

The Greatest Scene in The Tree of Life (2011)

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I wanted to be loved because I was great. A big man. I’m nothing. Look at the glory around us. Tree and birds. I lived in shame. I dishonored it all and didn’t notice the glory. I’m a foolish man.” – Mr. O’Brien

The Tree Of Life – Siciliana Da Antiche Danze Ed Arie Suite III

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