Part of Staff Picks and programmed by Abby, who says “DAYS OF HEAVEN reminds me of the farmland I grew up on, yet doesn’t compare at all. The world within the film is its own cursed dreamland. Every second is stunning.”
With cinematographer Néstor Almendros (COCKFIGHTER, THE WILD CHILD) and composer Ennio Morricone (the films of Sergio Leone, for starters), along with an insistence to shoot during “the golden hour” with mostly natural light, Terrence Malick created what many regard as one of the most strikingly beautiful films ever made. It tells the story of Bill (Richard Gere), an early-1900s Chicago steel mill worker who flees town after accidentally killing a man. In search of a better life, he moves his girlfriend Abby (Brooke Adams) and younger sister Linda (Linda Manz, who narrates the film) to the wheat fields of Texas. But they run into tragedy when a wealthy farmer (Sam Shepard) falls for Abby.