tirsdag 16. august 2011

"Da Vinci frame by frame"


Year: 1978
Country: United States
Language: English
Number : 637
Director: Terrance Malick
Starring: Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard, Linda Manz

Terrance Malick is being known for never being a sell out, nor contributing to the promotions. He have always planned his movies good, to every smallest details. And Days of Heaven seems to be exactly that kind of movie. The story is set in 1916. The Chicago steel mill laborer named Bill (Richard Gere) knocks down and kills his boss by accident, and then runs away on a train to Texas along with his sister Linda (Linda Manz) and his girlfriend Abby (Brooke Adams) , along with other fortune seeking hoboes. Most of them, including our heroes get to work for a farmer (Sam Shepard) who's name is never given, who falls in love with Bill's girlfriend Abby. It ends up that Abby marries the farmer, most because of the confort and shelter he can give her and her boyfriend (she've told the farmer that Bill and Linda is her brother and her sister). A time of their lives that can be categorized as days of heaven. But can it last for ever?

Days of Heaven is among the most perfect titles in the history of motion pictures. It's a perfect description about what this movie actually is. Heaven. The editing, the beautiful score by Ennio Morricone, and not to mention the oscar winning cinematography by Néstor Almendros, which is the definition of the word heaven. The beautiful landscapes, the sunsets. All the technical achievements does make this film work, as well as the great acting performances, by Sam Shepard, Brooke Adams and Richars Gere in his marvelous breakthrough performance. We also have Linda Manz who also narrates this movie so perfectly, as good as Sissy Spacek's narration in Malick's previous picture Badlands. The story told from a childs point of view, so superb.

Grade: A

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