DAYS OF HEAVEN, and I'm Still Stuck in Days of the DVD

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 | |

O technology's march, you've left me lonely again. My life doesn't read Blu-ray discs yet. It's a torturous condition compounded by the fact that on March 23, Criterion will be releasing the Blu-ray edition of Terrence Malick's masterpiece from 1978, Days of Heaven.

Let's break down this film's genius (as filtered through me):
It is flooded by my own sentimentality. There are lots of horses.
It's set in rural America at the second most recent turn of the century.
Ennio Morricone created the stunning score.
It makes me want to pack my trunk and make my getaway to Alberta 'Movie-World-Texas', Canada.

Above all else, it's the cinematography. Though he was going blind during production, Néstor Almendros made every shot amazing. So challenges to credit by Haskell Wexler aside, here are some perfect images, the beauty of which can overshadow the sexiness of vintage Richard Gere, not to mention Sam Shepherd (who is a real horseman, in real life).
Perfection, perfection.