Days of Heaven
To celebrate the great Brooke Adams (Vengeance is Mine), her career, and her upcoming appearance on Yale’s campus for the Vengeance is Mine Q&A, Films at the Whitney is thrilled to present Brooke’s most iconic lead performance, in Terrence Malick’s woozy, lyrical American idyll Days of Heaven. In 1910, a Chicago steel worker (Richard Gere) accidentally kills his supervisor and flees to the Texas panhandle with his girlfriend (Adams) and little sister (the haunting and mysterious Linda Manz) to work harvesting wheat in the fields of a stoic farmer (Pulitzer-winning playwright Sam Shepard). A love triangle, a swarm of locusts, a hellish fire—Malick captures it all with awestruck, dreamy authenticity and a lived-in feel for the lives of turn-of-the-century US laborers. 35mm print courtesy of the Harvard Film Archive. 94 minutes.