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Saturday, 14 November 2015

Knight of Cups - An update on why Roadshow wasn't interested in critics' thoughts.

In an earlier post, I mentioned the critical and commercial fate of Terence Malick's Knight of Cups. In brief the distributor Roadshow wouldn't allow critics and reviewers to to any advanced screenings. Undeterred Fairfax's online sites have published a piece here by Craig Mathieson dated the day after the film opened. The first para says:The singular and magnificent career of the American filmmaker Terrence Malick​ – responsible for three classic movies spread across four decades with 1973's Badlands, 1998's The Thin Red Line and 2011's The Tree of Life – runs off the rails with new feature Knight of Cups. Its impressionistic and fragmented depiction of existential guilt wallows without clarity or hope beneath the blue skies of Los Angeles.

Following the first weekend, Don Groves in Inside Film has reported: Roadshow gave Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups, the tale of a Hollywood screenwriter trying to make sense of his life starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Antonio Banderas, Isabel Lucas and Teresa Palmer, a token release on 10 screens, grossing less than $10,000. 

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