Friday Film Club: Terrence Malick’s DAYS OF HEAVEN on 35mm

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Set against the landscape of early-20th century industrial Chicago and subsequently the rippling grain fields of the Texas Panhandle (in actuality central Canada), Malick’s immense tragedy follows lovers-masquerading-as-siblings Abby (Brooke Adams) and Bill (Richard Gere), who travel south in search of steady work but instead become embroiled in a complex, morally questionable love triangle with a nameless farm patriarch (Sam Shepard). Director Terrence Malick won the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Director Awards and Nestor Almendros won the Oscar for Best Cinematography for—in the words of film historian Peter Biskind—this “dark jewel of a film.”

Our inaugural Friday Film Club discussion series—presented monthly when the Portland Art Museum’s galleries are open late on Friday evenings—features works with implicit or explicit focus on landscape: rural and urban, physical and emotional. Presented in conjunction with the Museum’s “Seeing Nature” exhibition, on view October 10-January 8, we hope these films will spark dialogue, both between audience members and between artistic mediums. The screenings are accompanied by post-film discussions led by a Museum docent, sometimes with a short exhibition tour component.

DAYS OF HEAVEN screens Friday, September 11 at 5:30pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Tickets are available online or at the door.

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