Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Days of Heaven at Film Series

In April Greenville Public Library's “Third Floor Film Series” will be a screening Days of Heaven. This 1978 film by visionary director Terrence Malick is one of the most visually beautiful movies ever filmed and helped to usher in a new style of cinematic storytelling.

Set in 1916, Days of Heaven follows the circumstances of three vagrants as they flee from a crime one of them committed in Chicago, and look for work. Bill (Richard Gere) travels to the Texas panhandle with his girlfriend, Abby (Brooke Adams), and his kid sister, Linda (Linda Manz). They end up on the land of a wealthy young farmer (Sam Shepard) just in time to earn money during the wheat harvest, and their thin grip on survival (and love) is strained when the farmer takes a liking to Abby.

The film is narrated by Manz's character, and her childhood naivety is braced by a subtle eye for survival and an untrained but pulsing notion of beauty and justice. The film is less concerned with its own plot than with the interior lives of its characters and the aching beauty of the landscape that both supports and threatens them. You won't want to miss this film when we screen it on Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m.

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