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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"People say the $20 million cost of 'The Gates' would have been better spent feeding people, he notes, 'but this feeds the soul.' To a lesser extent, so does the documentary about it."
‑ Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle
"The film's editing is transparent in its objective: to show how opposition and rancor turn to smiles and tranquility in the face of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's artistic vision."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"The documentary is pretty much what you'd expect: Two decades of ignorant contempt, followed by the city finding it was really surprisingly fond of 'The Gates.'"
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The Gates only reinforces my ambivalence toward the vérité stylings of co-director Albert Maysles."
‑ Keith Uhlich, House Next Door
"Anyone with an interest in contemporary art on a heroic scale should find Christo's practice fascinating."
‑ Alan G. Artner, Chicago Tribune
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