Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Days of Heaven (1978)

*****
USA


Terrence Malick exclusively delivers masterpieces and this, his second film (preceding his third by twenty years exactly), is considered by many respectable people to be his best.
The story is vaguely concerned with a gradually destructive love triangle that evolves in the idyllic wheat fields of the Texas Panhandle pre-WWI. Precocious teen Linda Manz delivers the folksy and possibly most successful of the gently meandering voiceovers that form a driving force in every Malick movie. The great Nestor Almendros was responsible for the lensing of the ethereal, paradisiacally beautiful images. A streak of nihilism underscores Malick's usual meditativeness here and ultimately adds a chilling overtone to the picture's intoxication with fleeting, day-to-day romanticism.

wr/dir: Terrence Malick
ph: Nestor Almendros
ed: Billy Webber
m: Ennio Morricone
pd: Jack Fisk
cast: Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard, Linda Manz, Robert Wilke, Jackie Shultis, Stuart Margolin

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