THE DOOMED ROMANCE
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.”