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Encyclopedia > Days of Heaven

Days of Heaven is a 1978 film written and directed by Terrence Malick and starring Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard and Linda Manz.

The story concerns Bill (Gere), a Chicago laborer who flees to the Texas panhandle with his girlfriend (Adams) and sister (Manz) to escape a murder charge. The three hire on as seasonal workers with a farmer (Shepard) and a complicated relationship ensues among the four. The story has numerous allusions to the Old Testament.


The film won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography. Per Academy custom, was the award was given in the name of principal photographer Nestor Almendros. This was somewhat controversial, as renowned cinematographer Haskell Wexler also received credit on the film. Wexler has complained about not receiving an Oscar statue for his contributions to the work.


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CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Feast of the Assumption (1158 words)
In the dioceses of Bavaria a thirtieth day (a species of month's mind) of the Assumption was celebrated during the Middle Ages, 13 Sept., with the Office of the Assumption (double); to-day, only the Diocese of Augsburg has retained this old custom.
In Central America a special feast of the Coronation of Mary in heaven (double major) is celebrated 18 Aug. The city of Gerace in Calabria keeps three successive days with the rite of a double first class, commemorating: 15th of August, the death of Mary; 16th of August, her Coronation.
At Piazza, in Sicily, there is a commemoration of the Assumption of Mary (double second class) the 20th of February, the anniversary of the earthquake of 1743.
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