Love, And Rivalry In Terrence Malick's Film The New World

Exploration, love, battle, and rivalry is the basis of Terrence Malick’s film, The New World. Natives in the Americas are met with foreign explorers from England, to discover “The New World”. An American is captured and awaiting his death. His life is spared thanks to the the chief of the Powhatans daughter, Pocahontas. Pocahontas is sent to the Jamestown colony to learn about the European culture. Tensions on both sides rise as invasion of territory and the capture of the Powhatan Chief’s daughter keeps both communities on edge. This adaptation of the original Pocahontas film uses beautiful shots and colors that bring life to the screen. The director uses this color to his advantage to portray the mood of each scene. Malick uses color and …show more content…
She is calm and open to learn the ways of his community. “ What is also of significance in the story is the willingness of Pocahontas herself to cross the racial divide and by a gesture overcome the hostility between natives and settlers” (Buscome 35). As she becomes an individual member of both communities she bridges the gap between the opposite worlds. Pocahontas has a dangerous job, many colonists are very hostile toward the natives and not so welcome. They know they are imposing on someone else’s land, there were people here before them. She learns to communicate with both communities. She is able to relieve some of the tension between settlers and her own tribe. She is slowly becoming a part of the new community. We see this as the scenes in the colony are a brighter color. Pocahontas knows her place in the settlement and her tribe. There is a certain hierarchy just like with her …show more content…
The colony is depicted as this rancid, rundown, and poor village held up only by this intrusive wall that has been set up around the perimeter. Not only is this visible on screen but Malick uses very dark and dreary colors to add to the effect. Most of the time the colony is shown, it is overcast and the only color that sticks out more than the sky is the different colors of grey from the mud. This is the complete opposite for the Native community. Almost all of the colors are serene and depict nature. Tones of green from the vegetation and the lush trees that surround their own community. Pocahontas is the epitome of this colony. Every scene she appears in is bright and full of color, “ Similarly, Kilcher’s (Pocahontas) serene vitality in The New World, which spills a rainbow wash over almost every scene, is a world away from everyone else in the movie”(Jones 26). Malick uses the scenes with Pocahontas to add color to show that the native community is thriving. The color of each scene depicts how each colony is doing. Since the Jamestown colony is grey and dark we know it is struggling with famine, lack of supplies, and leadership. This is becomes her role in the European colony, to color every scene with serene vitality. Her individual ideas from her tribe can benefit the colony to bring peace and

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