THE DOOMED RO­MANCE

NME - - FRONT PAGE - BAD­LANDS

Ter­rence Mal­ick, 1973

“It’s a love story and road movie that gets twisted up with crime, and it’s the film that in­spired True Ro­mance and Nat­u­ral Born Killers and any doomed ro­mance. When we first started Bastille, I used bits of Bad­lands as a mu­sic video for our song ‘Flaws’.

The film is beau­ti­ful – ev­ery frame is a per­fectly com­posed im­age – and I thought it would be in­ter­est­ing to try and re-edit the story without any of the un­der­ly­ing dark­ness.”

Did you know: “I recre­ated the iconic im­age of Martin Sheen walk­ing through the bad­lands with a ri­fle over his shoul­ders for an early press pic­ture.”

Num­ber of times I’ve seen it: “About 25, be­cause of the edit­ing.”

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