Wilderness in film
My criteria here is pretty loose. I haven’t seen any of these in quite some time and none are fresh enough in my mind to say anything especially interesting, but these are all flicks that I love and have for some reason or another stuck with me and resonate with my love for wild places.
Walkabout. Nicolas Roeg, Australia, 1971.
Gorgeous desert photography and the best portrayal of human place in the world that I can think of.
Aguirre, the Wrath of God. Werner Herzog, Germany, 1972.
Herzog has probably directly addressed the idea of wilderness more than any other director on this list and he doesn’t think it’s a nice place . I’ve seen Aguirre more than any of these and it still makes me squirm. One of my favorite movies.
Badlands, Terrence Malick, USA, 1973.
While Herzog has taken on themes of wilderness more explicitly, I think Malick understands it better than anyone on this list. Badlands is my fav, so it makes the list.
Tropical Malady. Apichatpong Weerasethaku, Thailand, 2004.
Because I love restraint. Following someone around a landscape completely foreign to me is an awesome experience.
Lawrence of Arabia. David Lean, USA, 1962.
Not really about wilderness, but there aren’t many films that capture the feeling of a place like this one. Seeing it on the big screen a few years ago was one of my favorite movie experiences ever.
I know I’m neglecting lots. Feel free to recommend more.