Beautiful, sure, but it feels thin, a series of excuses for Malick to shoot his humanistic agriculture porn. I would have appreciated it more as a longer, silent, non-narrative film. I do admire his sincerity—he risks coming across as comically sentimental in his obsession with American landscapes and salt-of-the-earth people, but I'm totally on board. Aside from the sheer beauty of the images, Manz is the highlight.
So gorgeous to look at. Malick's interest in nature is in early display here too, sometimes conspicuously. It may not have much of a story but everyone is fantastic, especially the little girl. The best voiceover ever. It sets such a perfect tone too - the period is so well rendered, it feels completely authentic. One of the best.
I wonder if people who complain about the characters are watching the actors, because I'm never in doubt of the moral burden writ across each expressive face. Of the magnitude of finding something like paradise, which humans naturally cannot sustain. It's devastating and epic, spiritual in a Spinoza sense that unifies each living thing. For my money perhaps the finest American film of the 70s.
In poco più di un giro e mezzo di orologio Malick e Almendros spiegano il significato di "composizione cinematografica perfetta". La fotografia e la regia del film raggiungono un livello che raramente ho visto prima d'ora, riuscendo a mettere in secondo piano anche la meravigliosa sceneggiatura. Un piacere immenso per gli occhi, potenti i colori tanto quanto la narrazione, giù il cappello per Malick, di nuovo.
Une oeuvre d'une beauté fascinante, magnifiée par la chatoyante caméra de Nestor Almendros qui scande un époustouflant hymne à la nature, traversée d'un constant souffle épique, où les hommes ne semblent être que des fétus de paille, balayés par des événements qui les dépassent et les brisent. www.cinefiches.com
Did Terrence Malick stop making films for twenty years after this because he felt he couldn't surpass this film? 'Days of Heaven' is a sumptuous picture book story of spectacular landscapes, narrated by a child as if it were a fairy tale. But no prince is coming to the rescue; quite the contrary. The dialogue is even more sparse than in 'Badlands'. I wonder how the film would change if Abby was narrating the story?
Have finally caught up with this film which has automatically become my favourite by Malick. This is the work of a true auteur evoking a period of huge change in America - of heavy industry emerging and an idyllic rural life being left behind. It looks absolutely gorgeous and boasts some incredible setpeices. The intimate visual style is truly engrossing and keeps the film relevant today.
Migrant workers fighting for their basic survival, a man who can't run fast enough from past transgressions, a couple whose passion must be hidden and camouflaged from the world, a young girl forced to grow up too soon, her eyes ringed with tears from the unrelenting, confusing, adult horrors she has been exposed to. Malick gives this constant sorrow a stunning, aesthetic luster. Essential cinema from a true master.
A career defining film and cinematic landmark - Days of Heaven is a visually inimitable masterpiece. This is Terrence Malicks second feature length, and sits towards the top of his filmography. Days of Heaven is a more focused period piece compared to his previous work in Badlands, and much larger in ambition. Nothing is too large, or too small to find center focus in this film, Malick is inspired by it all.