Badlands Essay

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Deliverance and Badlands are two films, which associate the weird Americana situated in the 1950’s and both portray themes of the wilderness and survival of the fittest. Deliverance is a 1972 American thriller film produced and directed by John Boorman, which depicts the lives of 4 businessmen that go on a trip into the American wilderness in an attempt to get in touch with nature and hone in on their skills for the great outdoors. It contrasts with the film Badlands, a 1973 American crime drama written and directed by Terrence Malick, starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek. This film delves into the lives of two youths who fall in love and venture away from their standard school day schedule into the wilderness and decide to live by themselves and fending off any body that entered their territory. Both these films have many similarities and differences that make them so unique and alike in many ways, including themes of nature, survival of the fittest, love, courage and the unknown. The film Badlands has come from a time period not very similar to that of today and we hadn’t seen a film which such raw intensity and such a high disregard for the law when it first came out(Williams, 2000). With the two main characters choosing to live in the American wilderness acting like cavemen without any regard or the affect they have on the community. A major theme, which is associated on both films in the Americano wilderness and the way, it is always imposing on the characters and their survival. In Badlands the two characters decide to live in the forest and build tree house in order to escape from the reality of a confined normal life. In Deliverance the 4 men also choose to escape their normal routine office lives and delve into the harsh American wilderness probably not knowing what to expect. With only one of them having much experience in the wild as a tour

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