I’ll always remember the evening I saw my first movie by director Terence Malick — “Days of Heaven.” It made such an impression on me that I walked out of the theater with the friend who’d suggested we go, said “Good night,” went back into the movie theater and paid to see it again.
The cinematography was unlike anything I’d ever seen before and I have no doubt that it influenced how I view the world, even as I pursued a still photography career for decades following that experience.
I’ve since transitioned to video and now attempt to emulate the Malick aesthetic when I can. I recently came across an interview of his where he discussed his approach, concluding with this telling observation:
“…these films can enable small changes of heart, changes that mean the same thing: to live better and to love more. And even an old movie in poor and beaten condition and can give us that. What else is there to ask for?”