I got into discussion about Terrence Malick’s second film Days of Heaven yesterday with my partner at work. Specifically the influence of the Andrew Wyeth painting Christina’s World on the film’s look.
I think 70’s Malick is vastly superior to the interesting but somewhat bloated films he is making now. Badlands and Days of Heaven both strike me as relatively thin and short films that none the less are breathtakingly beautiful, strange and thematically complex. They are truly singular works and I can’t think of another film maker who has come close to their ability to translate notions of spirituality and philosophy into pure cinematic language.
(except maybe certain Jarmusch films)