The Princeton Garden Theatre presents a screening of legendary filmmaker Terrence Malick’s first film and American arthouse classic, Badlands, on Monday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Cinema Today series organized by Princeton Arts Fellow Pacho Velez and Professor of Visual Art Joe Scanlan.

Sissy Spacek plays a young naive teenager who runs off with her older greaser boyfriend. The two embark on a killing spree while living on the run in the badlands of South Dakota. Malick’s first film exhibited the beautiful cinematography and unique, hypnotic vision that would define his work. Badlands has had a monumental influence on American cinema and is heralded as one of the greatest films ever made.

Tickets are available online or at the Garden Theatre box office at 160 Nassau Street in Princeton.

Cinema Today, the Lewis Center for the Arts’ new film series, invites some of the world’s most exciting directorial talents to the Princeton Garden Theatre. Featuring contemporary filmmakers eager to share their work, insights, and experience with the Princeton community. Some screenings are stand-alone, while four evenings include a film screening and a freewheeling question-and-answer session with the directors. Through discussions of formal aesthetics, narrative techniques, and social commitments, the series tackles many pressing issues at the heart of cinema today.


A still from Terrence Malick’s film, Badlands, starring Sissy Spacek and Martin Sheen. Still courtesy Warner Bros./Photofest


Presented By

  • Program in Visual Arts
  • Princeton Garden Theater

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