‘Days Of Heaven’ At MotB
(8.25) This week Movies on the Block features ‘Days of Heaven,’ the hyper-atmospheric drama from the golden age of cinema. Not everyone thought this one was golden. Tepid review from the New York Times,
At the beginning, it is as though this is going to be a film about European immigrants in the early days of President Wilson’s presidency. Then it switches to the Texas Panhandle, where the buffalo roam and the deer and the antelope still play. Migrant workers, fleeing the big cities, help reap the wheat harvest of a young, wealthy farmer. There are all kinds of special effects, including a plague of locusts and a prairie fire. There is a romance, in which the girlfriend of a young worker, who poses as his sister, marries the farmer. What results is jealousy and murder.
But Days of Heaven never really makes up its mind what it wants to be. It ends up something between a Texas pastoral and Cavalleria Rusticana.
So if you’ve always wished that your pastorals were a little more rusticana, this is the movie for you. Written and directed by Terrence Malick (uncredited cameo as mill worker). Starring Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard, and Linda Manz. Music by Ennio Morricone (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly etc.).
For what it’s worth, I did like it. And it’s short. I liked it more for being so short.
Rated PG. Running time 94 minutes.
7:30pm, Thursday, August 25, Grant’s Block, 260 Westminster at Union Street, (directions)