Gates of Heaven

The Loved One, Gates of Heaven, and Blinky

Screening related to Nine Lives selected by Jeffrey Vallance 

The Loved One


Savage and macabre, this funeral parlor satire, based on the novel by Evelyn Waugh, is billed as “the movie with something to offend everyone.” With a screenplay by Terry Southern and starring James Coburn, Liberace, Roddy McDowell, James Gielgud, and Milton Berle. (1965, 122 min., Dir. Tony Richardson)



A video collaboration by Bruce and Norman Yonemoto and Jeffrey Vallance. In the novella Blinky the Friendly Hen (1979), Vallance documented the purchase of a frozen chicken and its burial. Naming the fryer Blinky, Vallance transformed poultry into pet, paying tribute to the billions of hens sacrificed each year for our consumption. Ten years later, questions of the true cause of Blinky’s death continue to swirl.(1988, 15 min.)

Gates of Heaven


Funny, inspiring, and bizarre, Gates of Heaven is an unorthodox look at life through the eyes of pet cemetery proprietors, embalmers, pet owners, and those who hope to be them. (1978, 85 min., Dir. Errol Morris)


Location: Billy Wilder Theater
Ticketing: Tickets are required and available at the Box Office one hour before the program. General admission tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis following member ticketing. Early arrival is recommended.
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Public programs are made possible, in part, by a major gift from Ann and Jerry Moss.

Additional support is provided by Bronya and Andrew Galef, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, an anonymous donor, and the Hammer Programs Committee.