The Gates

Christo  Actor Jeanne-Claude  Actor Michael Bloomberg  Actor

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The Gates

UPC: 718122565177

Studio: Kino Video

Summary: 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 hurtles 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 springlike colors. Though David Maysles (brother of Albert) did die in 1987, he received posthumous credit on this film for a sequence that the siblings co-directed in 1979. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

Category: Visual Arts [nf]

Awards: Film Presented – Tribeca Film Festival Film Presented – Silverdocs Film Festival Film Presented – Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

The Gates

Format: DVD

Release Date: 10/12/2010

Audio: DD5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1, DD2 Dolby Digital Stereo

Runtime: 98 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: 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]

Cast and Crew: Albert Maysles  Director 
David Maysles  Director 
Hans Robert Eisenhauer  Executive Producer 
Sheila Nevins  Executive Producer 
Maureen A. Ryan  Producer 
Antonio Ferrera  Director 
Antonio Ferrera  Producer 
Christo  Executive Producer 
Jeanne-Claude  Executive Producer 
Matthew Prinzing  Director 
Vladimir Yavachev  Producer 
Christo  Actor 
Jeanne-Claude  Actor 
Michael Bloomberg  Actor 

Country: USA