The Gates
The Gates (2008)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 14, 2008
DVD Release Date: October 12, 2010
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Kenneth Baker
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Ian Buckwalter

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.'

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Keith Uhlich
House Next Door

The Gates only reinforces my ambivalence toward the vérité stylings of co-director Albert Maysles.

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Alan G. Artner
Chicago Tribune

Anyone with an interest in contemporary art on a heroic scale should find Christo's practice fascinating.

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