Days of Heaven (1978)
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Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven, the long-awaited follow-up to his 1973 debut Badlands, confirmed his reputation as a visual poet and narrative iconoclast with a story of love and murder told through the jaded voice of a child and expressive images of nature. In 1916, Chicago steelworker Bill (Richard Gere, stepping in for John Travolta) flees to Texas with his little sister Linda (Linda Manz) and girlfriend Abby (Brooke Adams) after fatally erupting at his boss. Along with other itinerant
Sep 13, 1978 Wide
Mar 30, 1999
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Visually and thematically, it's still one of the most beautiful films ever made.
Perhaps the most typical example of a '70s American art film -- daring, romantic, rebellious but also filled with longing for the beauty of the past.
The refusal to privilege the 'big' over the 'small' is present in all of Malick's work, but it finds its first fully-realized expression here.
Simply one of the most ravishing films ever made, luminous in a way that no other movie has been.
A rich and rewarding experience, then as now celebrated for its intricacy and slowness.
The writing is witty, the story is told with a beguiling simplicity and the period is meticulously realised, not only in farming equipment and costume, but in attitudes and faces.
A second chance for Malick to cast away the chemical stained print and achieve the film he envisioned, and a second chance for audiences to experience a true classic on the big screen.
A film about awareness, standing still and being cognizant of the things around you.
You can feel Terrence Malick drifting away in this follow-up to his acclaimed debut.
One of the most visually impressive American films ever made, Days of Heaven fulfilled the promise that Terrence Malick had shown in Badlands
It has a visual syntax so eloquent -- its fields of gold cause its quiet characters to stand out like mythic figures -- it would play powerfully as a silent film.
The images of workers in their landscape look like impressionist paintings that cinematographer Almendros creates on the screen with the natural light of his locations.
For Malick, Man is just a small part of a world which just keeps going round with or without his petty squabbles, crimes, loves, or melodramatic plots.
The sound alone is astonishing. Morricone's haunting, wistful score adds measurably to the sweep and timelessness of the film.
Audience Reviews for Days of Heaven
- Linda: The rich have it all figured out.
- Linda: This girl, she didn't where she was gonna go or what she was gonna do. Maybe she'd meet up wit her character. I was really hopin things would work out fo' her. She was a good friend o' mine.
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