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Gates of Heaven

Directed by Errol Morris
United States, 1978


Gates of Heaven is the story of two California pet cemeteries transformed into an eccentric portrait of the American dream.

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Gates of Heaven Directed by Errol Morris
Morris likes to expand on his subjects’ digressions with footage of evidence: clippings, diagrams, epitaphs carved into headstones. The film poses them like questions, suffused with emotion yet unsentimental. What do you make of all this affection?
May 27, 2017
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Throughout, the sentimentality of Morris’ subjects threatens to become overwhelming. I don’t think the director sneers at them, but he keeps a polite distance. Yet 37 years after the film was made, their lack of media savvy seems refreshing.
April 08, 2015
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Morris isn’t just ruminating on the idea of death, but on what humans choose to do with the dead, which depends largely on aesthetics, an element that connects directly to the director’s unwavering fascination with how matters of memory, geography, and belief are presented visually.
April 01, 2015
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