Days of Heaven (1978)

Cinema Classics Seminar: Days of Heaven

Thursday, June 28, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Instructor: Lisa DeNight, Discussion Moderator, BMFI
Location: Multimedia Room
Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members
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Beginning his career during the height of the New Hollywood era, Terrence Malick followed his debut, Badlands (1973), with this radiant period drama set in the early 1900s. After a scuffle ends badly, a Chicago factory worker, Bill (Richard Gere), flees westward with his lover, Abby (Brooke Adams), who pass themselves off as siblings to find work. A pensive, prosperous farmer (Sam Shepard) hires them and falls for Abby, unwittingly forming a love triangle.

While its plot is driven by romantic tension, Days of Heaven (1978) also explores the eternal conflict between man and nature, a theme that runs through much of the writer-director’s work. Known for his stunning depictions of the natural world, Malick’s second feature remains one of the most startlingly beautiful films ever made, with Oscar-winning cinematography by Néstor Almendros (Claire's Knee, Sophie's Choice).

Yet, the visual poetry on screen belies what was an arduous production process, after which the filmmaker took a two-decade break before completing his next film, The Thin Red Line (1998). Join us to experience the fruit of Malick’s labor, and explore Days of Heaven's metaphysical riches—or simply get lost in the shimmering waves of wheat.

Cinema Classics Seminars offer an entertaining and engaging way to learn more about some of the true classics of world cinema. Students meet in the 2nd floor Multimedia room for an introductory lecture before the film and a guided discussion after the film. The film itself is shown in one of our theaters. Your ticket for the screening, as well as popcorn and a drink, are included with your registration.
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  • Thursday, June 28
    6:30pm 2018-06-28 18:30:00 2018-06-28 21:30:00 America/New_York Cinema Classics Seminar: Days of Heaven Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA