Gates of Heaven
(1980?, Dir. Errol Morris)
I think IMDB is mistaken on the release date on this flick; I believe it was out in ’78. But IMDB’s what I’ve chosen as the source for my movie information, so I guess I’ll live with its inaccuracies for now.
Gates of Heaven is a disjointed dissertation on the sanctity of burial, human or otherwise. As in other Morris docs (Vernon, Florida; Fast, Cheap and Out of Control), you mostly just get distracted with the oddity of the subjects on screen, rather than any focused theme that Morris is trying to convey. Here, the director seems to be feeling his way through, without compass or rudder, and ends up with an interesting patchwork quilt instead of an impactful story.