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    Among the many pleasures of Heaven’s Gate is its evocative score. It was arranged by David Mansfield, who also performed nearly all of it and even appears on-screen, unforgettably, as a fiddler on roller skates. When Mansfield came by the Criterion office to be interviewed for our release of Michael Cimino’s epic western, he brought along his violin, and he serenaded us on it with an impromptu rendition of “Heaven’s Gate Waltz.” Watch that performance, not included in the release, here.


  • By thevoid99
    November 28, 2012
    12:59 AM

    Bravo indeed. Mansfield's score is one of the few things that I did like about Heaven's Gate.
  • By Andrew R.
    November 14, 2015
    11:25 PM

    I saw Heaven's Gate for the first time just a couple of days ago, and I have to say that the whole thing gripped me and ran me through a gamut of emotions as it progressed. What an incredibly well crafted film to say nothing of the incredible bravery of Cimino in making it, in the face of American derision of nazi facism and anti-semitism, particularly after WW2. This film highlights the fact that nations don't always see their own behaviour in the same way as those they criticise. The film and the musical score with it's incredibly haunting violin waltz interlacing all the aspects of the story, gelled in such a way that the result was way more than the film or the score on their own. The music evoked so many emotions throughout, without being noticed for its own sake... a true marriage of film and score. The waltz is still in my head, and regenerates all the emotional aspects of the story as I hear it. Wonderful!! And.. so many lessons to be learned from history!