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 fire—Malick captures it all with dreamlike authenticity, creating at once a timeless American idyll and a gritty evocation of turn-of-the-century labor.—The Criterion Collection
Terrence Malick is one of the great enigmas of contemporary filmmaking, a shadowy figure whose towering reputation rests almost entirely on a pair of near-perfect features released a generation ago. A visual stylist beyond compare, Malick emerged during the golden era of 1970s American movie-making, bringing to the screen a dreamlike, ethereal beauty countered by elliptical, ironic storytelling; resonant and mythic, his films illuminated themes of love and death with rare mastery, their indelible images distinguished by economy and precision. Born in Waco, TX, on November 30, 1943, Malick spent many of his formative summers working as a farmhand, an experience upon which he would draw extensively in his films. Upon graduating from Harvard with a degree in philosophy, he entered Magdalen College in Oxford as a Rhodes scholar, but exited prior to completing his final thesis. On returning to the U.S., he became a freelance journalist, with his byline appearing in such publications as Life… read more
It's so easy to lose yourself in the environments. The characters felt like backdrops to the stunning American landscapes. The wheat fields whipping in the wind; the numerous shots of wildlife; the thunderheads rolling in on the horizon; the pastel skylines at twilight... The film is so visually decadent that the narrative felt superfluous to me. It's truly beautiful.
I think what makes Malick an interesting director is how failures (of every type) wander into his movies. You can't truly understand his movies without knowing what went on beyond the scenes (as opposed to someone Like Gilliam). DOH is his best failure, perfection coming from its very imperfection. But when poetic film making is reduced to a gal dancing barefoot in the field you know you've lost it...
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Days of Heaven is truly a unique and a beautiful movie, in a class by itself. I had that opinion the first time I saw it on DVD and still feel the same way after rewatching it after The Tree… read review
This has, many, many times been called the most beautiful color film ever made. It’s hard to disagree. A poetic biblical parable played out in the Texas Panhandle at the turn of the century, it gives… read review
Overwhelmed. The tagline got it right—every sense, by the end of Days of Heaven, will be overwhelmed. Terrence Malick’s second feature film is as breathtaking as you’ve heard, mesmerizing you with… read review