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I saw Terrence Malick’s “Days of Heaven” in a movie theatre last night. I have previously viewed it only on my wee television at home. Seeing “Days of Heaven” on a big screen with cinema quality sound is a totally different experience. Terrence Malick may soon force me to go out and buy a new monster-size home entertainment centre.
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Starting last Tuesday evening, the University of Victoria’s Cinecenta ( began offering a tremendous gift to film goers in Victoria with the showing of the first of the five films that make up the writing and directing career of Terrence Malick.
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It is wildly brash to think it might be possible to say anything helpful about any Terrence Malick film in just a few lines. No Malick movie can be reduced to a brief summary. His films are sprawling complex creative artistic endeavours in which their creator wrestles with a host of profound questions. All of Malick’s films offer a multitude of interesting insights and thoughts to ponder for the viewer willing to take the time to enter fully into their vision.
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Terrence Malick’s 1978 film, “Days of Heaven,” is a meditation on loss, destiny, and beauty. Almost everything in the film, quite literally, goes up in flames, swept away by forces over which no one has any control. It is no mistake that the film ends with soldiers boarding a train that will carry them into the chaos of battle at the beginning of the First World War.
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