Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sight & Sound Challenge: Days of Heaven (1978)

Film: Days of Heaven (24/250)
Critics Poll: 117th 
Directors Poll: 132nd 
First Time/Rewatch: First Time

This is a simple story of a secret love "rendered biblical" in Craig's words. With director Terrence Malick at the helm, you know this film is going to be deliberately paced and absolutely gorgeous to look at. The only other Malick films I had seen previously were Badlands and Tree of Life, so I had a general idea of what to expect. Opening with the beautiful Camille Saint-Saëns piece "Carnival of the Animals - Aquarium" (one of my personal favorites) over old photos puts the viewer in a curious dreamy mood. Who are these people? What is their story? Combined with the breathtaking "magic hour" photography, this film draws you in and demands that you appreciate it. 

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