Unfortunately, the fire made the situation worse. Malick famously raised funds for “Badlands”but the shooting time is long (and one thing worth noting emphasis on capturing every shot in chronological order, no matter how many times the context will have to be erected) runs with money. In the end, the crew members were close to their breaking point – and for many, the fire pushed them over the edge.
According to Tony Palmieri, one of the camera assistants, by the time “Badlands” was nearing completion, the whole situation had become even more ridiculous. By this point, most of the crew had abandoned the film – however, Malick continued:
“We could have five crew members. At this point, Terry’s wife is making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch, and we’re spinning spiders in the desert. That’s the breaking point. a strangest movie.”
When the film was finally completed, however, Terrence Malick’s eccentric behavior paid off. Although “Badlands” is an independently funded premiere, it attracted the attention of Warner Brothers; The studio bought the rights to the film for about three times the cost of production. The film’s success also helped build the reputation of the cast and crew, especially boosting Martin Sheen’s popularity and providing the launch pad for Sissy Spacek’s career. Although the long days in the desert – fire and all – were a great sacrifice, in the end they proved to be fruitful.
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