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One-of-a-kind filmmaker-philosopher Terrence Malick has created some of the most visually arresting movies of the twentieth century, and his glorious period tragedy Days of Heaven, featuring Oscar-winning cinematography by Nestor Almendros, stands out among them. In 1910, a Chicago steel worker (Richard Gere) accidentally kills his supervisor and flees to the Texas panhandle with his girlfriend (Brooke Adams) and little sister (Linda Manz) to work harvesting wheat in the fields of a stoic farmer (Sam Shepard). A love triangle, a swarm of locusts, a hellish fireMalick captures it all with dreamlike authenticity, creating at once a timeless American idyll and a gritty evocation of turn-of-the-century labor.
I'm not sure why this movie was critically acclaimed. Maybe because there was so little dialogue? Maybe more dialogue would have only made it worse?Published 3 days ago by David Pyne
Terrible and boring. Long periods of silence, I wanted to take a nap.Published 5 days ago by Ian Acosta
Visually stunning, exhilarating! an absolute triumph. Still as fresh.Published 11 days ago by AMIR M
My favorite Terrence Malick film. Maybe it was growing up on a farm myself as a child or maybe it's the fact I think the female lead in is just the most beautiful women but its a... Read morePublished 5 months ago by imaginefilm
having seen the film dozens of times-my Uncle owned a rep theater and i could sit in on anything, any time i wanted-even TWICE, or 5 nights in a row if i wanted; and he always... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mark C.
My all time favorite film. The cinematography, the direction, Richard Gere--memorable for a lifetime. All the performances are stirring and real. Read morePublished 7 months ago by CeliSin01
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|1.78 aspect ratio is a lie and a gyp||
Since Terry was involved with the restoration of the upcoming Criterion release of 'Days of Heaven,' I gather his intention with the aspect ratio is reflected in the specified 1.78 to 1 ratio.
"I had just finished working in New York with legendary cinematographer John Bailey on... Read More
Oct 2, 2007 by Mikael Möller Sönnichsen | See all 34 posts
|Haskell Wexler shot up to half of the finished film?!||
What "stupid union rules" are you referring to that made it impossible for Almendros to complete cinematography of this film? My understanding was he left due to a scheduling conflict resulting from DOH's production running far behind schedule.
As for screen credits, they often don't... Read More
Jun 23, 2010 by JG | See all 4 posts
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