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The Thin Red Line: This great evil

April 5th, 2008 · 4 Comments

The Thin Red Line: This great evil

This great evil.

Where’s it come from?

How’d it steal into the world?

What seed, what root did it grow from?

Who’s doing this?

Who’s killing us?  Robbing us of life and light.  Mocking us with the sight of what we might have known.

Does our ruin benefit the earth?  Does it help the grass to grow or the sun to shine?

Is this darkness in you, too?  Have you passed through this night?

– From the screenplay by Terrence Malick (1998)

The video clip for this scene from The Thin Red Line is also viewable on the website of The Auteurs.

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“Have You Passed Through This Night?” by Explosions in the Sky
This song incorporates part of the soundtrack from the film clip shown above.

Tags: film

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 james // May 23, 2008 at 7:31 AM

    This script is also on a song that I have heard and cannot remember the name? Does anyone know what it is?

  • 2 spitballarmy // May 23, 2008 at 8:15 AM

    Hello, James from New Zealand!

    The Austin, Texas rock band Explosions in the Sky used the voice-over narration from The Thin Red Line in their song called “Have You Passed Through This Night.” It’s from their 2001 album entitled Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Live Forever. The audio is posted above.

  • 3 Zerivael // Nov 13, 2008 at 8:36 AM

    This script is also used in UNKLE’s “Eye 4 an Eye” song. UNKLE also uses scripts from various films in their songs: “What are you to me?” (TTRL – same title as the script), “Rabbit in your headlights” (Jacob’s Ladder – “If you’re frightened of dyin’…,” and some more which I can’t remember right now.

  • 4 Brian // Sep 24, 2009 at 7:52 PM

    This poem is also used in Explosions in the Sky song called “Have You Passed Through This Night.” Great movie and song.

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