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Badlands. Image courtesy of Warner Bros.

Days of Heaven

Thu, June 23, 2011 7 PM
See the instant classics that made Terrence Malick famous.

Malick's astonishing debut film, Badlands, sees a "juvenile delinquent" (Martin Sheen) go on a gratuitous murder spree and head into hiding with his teenage girlfriend (Sissy Spacek, in a career-making performance). Based on the real-life murderous couple Charlie Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate, the film utilized voiceovers and imagery to provide a complex perspective on the kind of rebel figures glorified in pop culture of the 1950s and 1960s. (94 mins., 35mm)

The visually arresting Days of Heaven sees a Chicago steelworker (Richard Gere), his girlfriend (Brooke Adams), and kid sister (Linda Manz) join a mass migration to the Texas Panhandle in the 1910s. He takes up a job harvesting wheat fields, gets entangled in a love triangle, and encounters a swarm of locusts and a hellish fire, all of which Malick conveys with an elemental, dream-like authenticity. Also with Sam Shepard, "magic hour" cinematography by Néstor Almendros, and music by Ennio Morricone. (94 mins., 35mm) Days of Heaven begins at 8:45 PM.

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