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Days of Heaven

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Days of Heaven

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
95 minutes
performer:
Brooke Adams, Richard Gere, Sam Shepard
director:
Terrence Malick
distributor:
Paramount Pictures
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B

There are two critical schools of thought about writer-director Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven: one that it’s the most beautiful film ever (an Andrew Wyeth painting come to life), the other that it’s merely slow moving and dramatically pointless (a European-art-film wannabe). Seeing this new laserdisc version (in wide-screen at last, as nature intended) is to confirm both opinions. Yes, the damn thing is almost supernaturally lovely (hence the Oscar for cinematographer Nestor Almendros), but its spin on the eternal triangle — rich farmer (Sam Shepard) and poor laborer (Gere) vie for the same girl (Adams) — takes what seems like forever to go essentially nowhere. As a disc, however, it’s superlative, featuring a flawless transfer and some of the best Dolby Digital surround sound you’ll ever hear. A-