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#1 Paul Bruening

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 11:53 AM

Just watched Days of Heaven on my projected screen. Damnnnn, what a lovely bit of pictures. I didn't check IMDB's trivia until it was over, where I learned of the peanut husks trick for the grass hoppers shot.
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#2 Michael Nash

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 04:11 PM

Yes, it's an absolutely beautiful film and the DVD looks pretty good. Many images seem to be directly inspired by Degas:

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#3 Tom Lowe

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 08:07 PM

Many rank the picture as the #1 all-time best in terms of cinematography.

I sure would love to see a Bluray release of this movie.
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#4 Paul Bruening

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 08:37 PM

Fascinating connection, Michael. I didn't readily make that connection. But, now that you provide examples, it is very apparent. Thanks for the tip.
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#5 Mariano Nante

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Posted 02 April 2008 - 10:53 PM

Nice connection with Degas!

There is also a great influence of American painters like Andrew Wyeth ("Christina's World", above them all) and Edward Hopper ("House by the railroad")

Here are some links of those pictures:
http://www.bu.edu/se...ethpainting.jpg
http://www.ibiblio.o...er.railroad.jpg


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#6 Michael Nash

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Posted 02 April 2008 - 11:05 PM

Yes, I'm sure there were more inspirations than just Degas! Nice pics.

I should point out that even though the filmmakers drew inspiration from great paintings, it's still quite an achievement to pull it off photographically. What impresses me even more though is that Malick, Almendros and Wexler kept that beautiful quality consistently throughout the entire film. Most films are lucky to get such evocative beauty in a couple shots; Heaven kept it up start to finish.
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#7 Vincent Sweeney

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Posted 02 April 2008 - 11:29 PM

What impresses me even more though is that Malick, Almendros and Wexler kept that beautiful quality consistently throughout the entire film.


Don't forget Mr. Fisk.

What impresses me most is how everyone that worked on this were the kind of people needed to pull off such a great film. One of the hardest things about lower than "normal" budgets, like this had, is getting talented people that are dedicated outside of a big day rate and overtime. If only everyone with worthwhile projects were so lucky.
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#8 Vincent Sweeney

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 02:56 AM

Some might find this interview interesting. It's indicative of how fragile even great films can be before they are seen.


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