Days of Heaven (PG)
Part of the A Tribute to Ennio Morricone Season
In 1910, a Chicago steelworker (Richard Gere) accidentally kills his supervisor, and he, his girlfriend (Brooke Adams), and his little sister (Linda Manz) flee to the Texas panhandle, where they find work harvesting wheat in the fields of a stoic farmer (Sam Shepard). A love triangle, a swarm of locusts, a hellish fire—Malick captures it all with dreamlike authenticity, creating a timeless American idyll that is also a gritty evocation of turn-of-the-century labor.
Morricone to Malick, "You can put the music I wrote for your movie anywhere you want in the picture. There’s only one piece of music I don’t want you to move, and that’s the music for the wheat fire.’ And Terry agreed and that actually is the only piece of music that is where it was written for.”
“When we recorded the music he was very demanding,” the composer said, “He didn’t know me very well, so he made suggestions, and in some cases, gave musical solutions. This kind of annoyed me because he’d say: ‘This thing . . . try it with three flutes.’ Something impossible! So, to humor him, I would do it with three flutes and then he’d decide to use my version after all. His was impossible or I would have written it myself. And more nitpicking like that which means he was very attentive and careful about music.”
As well as featuring Oscar-winning cinematography from Nestor Almendros, the film also features one of the few performances of the young actress, Linda Manz, who tragically passed away recently and we'd like to dedicate this screening to her.
Director: Terrence Malick
Cast: Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shephard
Running Time: 93 minutes