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Paul Jensen

DAYS OF HEAVEN (1978) 5 stars

It's insane how confident Malick's style had become by his second film. Cinematographer's Guild voted this the fourth greatest use of cinematography in film history. Easy to see why. Malick's underrated talent as a writer is evident throughout. He focuses on moments of silence, hesitation and glances between characters. The drama intensifying completely through visual storytelling. I particularly love the way Malick focuses so much attention on animals and nature - a true Buddhist. In the end the film is about how we are all human - flaws and all. Devils and angels. We would have to wait twenty years for another film from Malick.

 

Genre: Drama
Director: Terrence Malick