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Canon Of Film: ‘Days of Heaven’

In this edition of Canon Of Film, we look back at ‘Days of Heaven‘, writer/director Terrence Malick‘s sophomore masterpiece. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here.

Days Of Heaven (1979)

Director/Screenplay: Terrence Malick

It’s not just that Terrence Malick only works when he’s inspired. He also only works when he gets the money, and even then, if he can’t do exactly what he wants to do–instead of compromising–he abandons the project entirely, deciding it better to get only what he wants than to get a compromised version, and often what he wants is some of the most amazingly difficult and nearly impossible-to-shoot scenes. In Days of Heaven, arguably his best film, all the scenes outdoors and in the daytime were shot during the “magic hour” (Film Dictionary: Magic Hour- The time during the day, about an hour
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