Days of Heaven

Reflecting on Terrence Malick's films

Reviewing your notes and reactions to the films in our first group, what makes Terrence Malick's films visually distinct? In other words, what are the signature features of mise-en-scene in his films? What other "authors" do you think contribute to these signatures - directors of photography? costume designers? production designers? actors?

Sound and mise-en-scene

Two of the readings on Days Of Heaven, chapters 8 and 9, discuss the importance of sound and music to the meaning of the images in the film. Do you agree? What seems especially powerful about the sound and music in this film as it relates to the interpretation of what you see?

One of the authors, Wierzbicki, goes so far as to argue that many of the heightened "noises [in Days of Heaven] are components of mise-en-scene, as functional as costumes, lighting and props" (page 115). What does it mean to think of sounds as being 'in the frame'? What, arguably, makes the 'noise' in Days of Heaven 'visible'?

Film Analysis: DAYS OF HEAVEN

Below are images from Days of Heaven for use in the Film Analysis assignment. Choose three for analysis and focus on camera proxemics, depth or focus and framing. Choose frames that will give you the opportunity to discuss different forms and uses of the required elements.

Remember, you only need to do a Film Analysis for two of the three films in this first group. Days of Heaven is the second film in the group.

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