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Mon 10:59am by: Emily Yoshida

One of these days I would like to commission a visual history of men's hands passing through wheat, and the last stop would be the Terrence Malick segment of this pretty impressive Shutterstock-compiled tour of modern cinema. The Wes Anderson and David Fincher segments are capable enough, while Alfonso Cuaron's entire filmography seems to have been reduced to Gravity, but it's in the Malick section that we enter a real hall of mirrors. Whoever shot that contextless ode to agrarian society at 3:04 and sold it to Shutterstock might have been influenced by Days of Heaven, but it's just as likely he or she was imitating something from a Budweiser commercial that was aping Days of Heaven. Or maybe they were just into Gladiator and didn't even...

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