Heaven’s Gate Minute by Minute: 54 of 229

13 Aug

54 of 229

A few marauders who are registered with the tax office as sole traders follow the khan of the Stock Growers Association. Again, footage of characters slowly walking places makes you want to tap your head against solid metal cylinders until the boredom ends. If you cut out all the unnecessary travel sequences in this movie and spliced them together, you’d have enough for a two-reel picture. Throw in some amusing intertitles and you’ve got a silent comedy hit on your hands.

Just when your level of enthralment over the slow walking has reached its zenith, Cimino cuts to some fast paced action of a cattle rustler lassoing a calf. I assume cuts from the dark abyss of nothingness to high octane excitement are to give the film pace, but it’s much like being on a date with someone who regales you with the intricacies of document archiving, but yells out “Jet Propulsion Laboratory!” at the top of their lungs every five minutes to keep it interesting. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve nothing against document archiving. It’s vital and I’m sure the process is highly engaging. In fact, most people don’t understand the importance of record management and the storage space required to keep adequate records. For instance, did you know that there’s an underground storage facility in North Melbourne that… JET PROPULSION LABORATORY!

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