The Gates

The Gates


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From "wrapping" the Berlin Reichstag to transforming South Seas islands into massive pink water lilies to hanging drapes between the Colorado mountains, Christo qualifies as one of the most dynamic, innovative, and ambitious conceptual artists in modern history. Documentarians Albert and David Maysles have a long-running professional association with Christo (having co-directed such pictures as Christo's Valley Curtain and Christo's Islands); now, with their film The Gates, Albert Maysles and co-director Antonio Ferrera cover Christo and wife Jeanne-Claude's 26-year project to create a "golden river" of 7,500 fabric-paneled "gates" running through Central Park in February 2005. The endeavor began in 1979, but didn't overcome the necessary bureaucratic hurdles for 26 years, and only received a final go-ahead with a green light from New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. The film reveals how Christo and Jeanne-Claude's 21-million-dollar project transforms the environment from one of winter bleakness to one of brisk, vibrant, and spring-like colors. David Maysles (brother of Albert), who died in 1987, is credited posthumously on this 2007 film for a sequence that the siblings co-directed in 1979.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/2010
UPC: 0718122565177
Original Release: 2007
Source: Lorber Films (Kino)
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 69,238

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christo Participant
Jeanne-Claude Participant
Michael Bloomberg Participant

Technical Credits
Antonio Ferrera Director,Cinematographer,Editor,Producer
Albert Maysles Director,Cinematographer
David Maysles Director
Matthew Prinzing Director,Editor
Christo Executive Producer
Hans Robert Eisenhauer Executive Producer
Paul Furedi Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Hutton Cinematographer
Jeanne-Claude Executive Producer
Rebecca Losick Associate Producer
Sheila Nevins Executive Producer
Sheila Nrvins Executive Producer
Maureen A. Ryan Producer
Vladimir Yavachev Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Gates
1. The Artists' Intentions [8:57]
2. Documenting the Project [9:44]
3. The Issue of Race [9:31]
4. Building the Gates [9:21]
5. Winter in the Park [11:18]
6. On Guard [7:09]
7. Unleasing the Gates [12:29]
8. New York Reacts [10:27]
9. A Cheerful Inspiration [9:13]
10. The Perfect Time if Year [6:12]

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