Review: ‘Heaven’

Heaven represents an exercise in frivolous metaphysics, an engagingly light-hearted but ultimately light-headed inquiry into the nature of paradise. Diane Keaton's feature directorial debut is a small-scale, non-narrative work using trendily shot interviews, snazzy optical effects and loads of film clips and songs to illustrate fanciful notions of the hereafter.

Heaven represents an exercise in frivolous metaphysics, an engagingly light-hearted but ultimately light-headed inquiry into the nature of paradise. Diane Keaton’s feature directorial debut is a small-scale, non-narrative work using trendily shot interviews, snazzy optical effects and loads of film clips and songs to illustrate fanciful notions of the hereafter.

Close to 100 individuals, all unknown except for boxing promoter Don King, are quizzed on such matters as, ‘What is Heaven?’ and ‘How do you get to Heaven?’

Peppering all these speculations are often goofy clips from old films and TV shows. Excerpts, none of which is identified, range from extravagant depictions of the afterlife, Hollywood-style, to the hilarious expostulations of early broadcast ministers and evangelists.

Heaven

Production

Perpetual/RVF. Dir Diane Keaton; Producer Joe Kelly; Camera Frederick Elmes, Joe Kelly; Editor Paul Barnes; Music Howard Shore Art Dir Barbara Ling

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1987. Running time: 80 MIN.
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