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1969, Janus Films, 116 min, West Germany/France/Luxembourg, Dir: Barbet Schroeder

Director Barbet Schroeder’s stunning portrait of the dark underbelly of the ’60s sex-and-drugs revolution is like a Velvet Underground song on film: Mimsey Farmer stars as the gorgeous, Edie Sedgwick-like junkie princess who draws German drifter Klaus Grunberg into her sunlit world of Euro beach parties, retired Nazis and heroin fixes. With a brilliant, sinister score by Pink Floyd that perfectly captures the dreamy paranoia of Schroeder’s early masterpiece.


THE VALLEY (OBSCURED BY CLOUDS)
LA VALLÉE
1972, Janus Films, 106 min, France, Dir: Barbet Schroeder

Viviane (Bulle Ogier) is in New Guinea looking for rare feathers when she meets four European hippies on a quest to find a mythical valley paradise. Joining the quartet, Viviane embarks on a journey of self-discovery, encountering free love, psychedelic drugs and indigenous Mapuga tribesmen along the way. Featuring gorgeous cinematography by Néstor Almendros and an appropriately enigmatic soundtrack by Pink Floyd.


DAYS OF HEAVEN
1978, Paramount, 95 min, Dir: Terrence Malick

Director Terrence Malick’s lyrical tone poem set at the turn of the 20th century tracks impoverished Chicago couple Richard Gere and Brooke Adams as they migrate to the Texas Panhandle and masquerade as brother and sister to find farm work. When their smitten, terminally ill boss (Sam Shepard) proposes to Adams, the couple see a way out of their poverty. But after the marriage, Shepard seemingly recovers, and tragic complications gradually unfold. Gorgeous, thoughtful and at times achingly romantic, this ambitious working-class epic set the standard for Malick’s future films - passionate, moody and serene meditations on the human condition set in a tragic dimension. Nestor Almendros won the Oscar for Best Cinematography. Co-starring Linda Manz.


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