Terrence Malick is now something of a legend in Hollywood thanks to the fact that he only makes masterpieces or near masterpieces. His debut, a chilling and lyrical study of young lovers on the run (amok) is his most reknowned and most heartfelt. Based on the notorious true story of 25 year old Charles Starkweather and his teenage girlfriend who wreaked murderous havoc across the mid-west in the 1950s. There is psychological acuity despite a remarkable empathy with the stunned, down-home blissed-out world of his characters.They wander through the stunning rose-lit glare of the Western landscapes, their demeanour jarringly at odds with their appalling actions. One of the key films of the 70s and one of the most poetic and cerebral anthems to doomed youth, Malick was also way ahead of his time in his analysis of the folk hero/ celebrity axis feeding back into the fantasies and actions of his protagonists, warping their self view even as they act out their murderous spree.