Cinema: Night of the Locust

DAYS OF HEAVEN Directed and Written by Terrence Malick

Days of Heaven is lush with brilliant images. Set in the Texas Panhandle just before World War I, this movie unleashes one spectacular panorama after another: snowy plains aglow in the blue light of a winter moon, wheatfields shimmering under a burnt autumn sun, expansive skies carpeted with cumulus clouds. There is enough beauty here for a dozen movies; yet the total effect is far from pretty. Slowly but surely the sharp images carve away at the audience's guts.

Like Badlands, Director Terrence Malick's remarkable first...

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