Spotlight 1978: Beauty Bukkake

The We Talk About Movies blog goes back to 1978, a year filled with film classics. The series starts with my thoughts on Days of Heaven, Terrence Malick‘s aesthetic triumph

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This entry is part of  Spotlight 1978, a series where we talk about films released in 1978.

In Days of Heaven, Terrence Malick just literally fucks your eyeballs with visual gorgeousness. I’d only previously seen his later work, starting with The Thin Red Line, on to The New World, and most recently The Tree of Life. But even the aesthetic heights reached by that eye-gasmic trifecta left me unprepared for this… this diabolically beautiful film! I wasn’t really surprised at all the pretty pictures though, this IS Malick we’re talking about, and working with legendary cinematographer Nestor Almendros, who’d cut his teeth on the great Rohmer and Truffaut’s films, no less. What shocked me was it’s length. At 94 minutes, it’s SHORT, even shorter than most Hollywood blockbusters these days. And yet despite this modest runtime and a rather simple plot, it effortlessly gives off this epic feel. There’s something…

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