Gates of Heaven

Gates of Heaven

Director: Errol Morris Cast: Cal Harberts, Zella Graham



Documentary filmmaker Errol Morris' debut immediately attracted acclaim for its straight-faced treatment of a subject practically begging for ridicule. When the Foothill Memorial Gardens pet cemetery, located north of San Francisco, closed (its land was sold for a housing project), the 450 animals interred there had to be moved to Bubbling Well Memorial Park in nearby Napa. Morris saw the transfer as an opportunity to explore the world of pet owners who are so devoted that they see nothing wrong with giving their animals a full dose of the last rites. His simple technique was to film his subjects, usually seated, talking about their loved ones, alternating with shots of the two cemeteries and the move. Critic Roger Ebert became an early champion of the film, and Morris' struggles to finish it resulted in a very amusing short film, Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe. The German filmmaker had bet Morris that he would never complete the film, and when he did, Herzog publicly boiled and consumed one of his shoes for the camera of director Les Blank.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/26/2005
UPC: 0027616902313
Original Release: 1978
Rating: NR
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:23:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/Inspiration [5:46]
2. Glue Factory [4:56]
3. Growing the Trade [5:01]
4. Cat in the Dryer [5:23]
5. Singing for His Supper [4:59]
6. Exhumation [5:39]
7. "These Kids" [5:33]
8. Bubbling Well [5:53]
9. The Meaning of Life [3:56]
10. A Fine Education [5:03]
11. At the Gates of Heaven [5:28]
12. "Mind Over Matter" [5:08]
13. Possibilities [5:37]
14. Alone [4:31]
15. The Power of Prayer [5:18]
16. Hopes and Dreams [4:13]

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