Michael Cimino, The Deer Hunter / Heaven's Gate Director, Dead at 77

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by npc145, Jul 2, 2016.

  1. npc145

    npc145 music junkie Thread Starter

  2. guy incognito

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  3. Monosterio

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    Sorry to hear this. I'm a big fan of Thunderbolt and Lightfoot and The Deer Hunter, and even a lesser film like Year of the Dragon was visually brilliant, IMO.

    RIP, Mr. Cimino.
     
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  4. Having watched the uncut Heaven's Gate back in the day it was clear that Cimino was trying to combine the narrative style he developed with that of someone like Terence Malick. I personally think (and thought at the time) that it caught a lot of unnecessary crap. It meanders but it's still a fascinating movie even if the story gets lost in the Director's Cut.

    He went from terse, direct films like Thinderbolt and Lightfoot that to epics like The Deer Hunter in a fast development.

    A talented, egotistic, bombastic but fascinating director. I would have watched him direct a car wreck he was visually that talented.
     
  5. Holy Diver

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    Sad news. Great director. I love The Deer Hunter and Year of the Dragon. RIP.
     
  6. Ghostworld

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    I blame Heaven Gate on one of the worst actors of all time: Kris Kristofferson. They guy worked with DeNiro, Streep, and Walken and his next casting choice is Kristofferson? He must have been high.
     
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  7. Rocker

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    I know I'm in the minority, but I really enjoyed Heaven's Gate.
    And of course The Deer Hunter is a stone-cold classic.

    RIP. :(
     
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  8. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Help me make it through this film. :)
     
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    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

  10. jwoverho

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    Year of the Dragon is worthy of reappraisal. Mickey Rourke was terrific.
     
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  11. PNeski@aol.com

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    he did films before Gate
     
  12. Ghostworld

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    That's what I meant. Deerhunter and then Gate? Walken in Kristopherson's role!
     
  13. Kubricker

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    Sad news. Wish they'd included this on the Criterion Bluray:

     
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  14. jojopuppyfish

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    Heaven's gate is awful
    The Dear Hunter is one of the great films of all time.
    Unfortunately, he never bounced back from Heaven's gate.
    OTOH Steven Bach's book Final Cut is well worth reading
     
  15. I wouldn't disagree that Final Cut is a terrific read but I disagree that Heaven's Gate is awful. Messy, unformed but quote an ambitious vision. Heaven's Gate was a film that got away from him.
     
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  16. jojopuppyfish

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    My favorite part of Bach's book isn't even about Cimino.
    I love the first chapter on the beginning of United Artists. And I love how Krim and Benjamin took over. Some of the greatest films in cinema history came out of UA.
     
  17. JohnG

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  19. tommy-thewho

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    Loved Deerhunter and Year.

    RIP Michael.

    Need to see Thunderbolt.
     
  20. Alert

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    "The Deer Hunter" is a one-of-a-kind film that packs as much of an emotional wallop as any movie I've ever seen.

    The wedding and hunting scenes last approximately an hour before the movie reaches the pivotal sequence in the Vietnamese POW camp. This gives the audience a familiarity with the characters that makes the dramatic events much more powerful. I can't recall any war movie that featured combat scenes where the viewers knew so much about the background of the soldiers (friends, workplace, family, hometown etc).

    Whatever can be said about Cimino's overall movie output -- he made one brilliant, bona-fide classic.
     
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  21. Kubricker

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    So I guess it's quite likely that John Williams will be playing the theme from The Deer Hunter at next years Oscars' In Memoriam....Or maybe they'll just get Dave Grohl again.
     
  22. Vidiot

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    Cimino was only 77, but his hair was only about 7...

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    Strange, strange-looking man.
     
  23. Ghostworld

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    Another plastic surgery victim, sadly.
     
  24. budwhite

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    Heavens gate - long version by Criterion is a very strong film. I never saw the theatrical cut so I can't compare.
     
  25. Fastnbulbous

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    HG isn't as bad as its reputation would suggest, but even the short version is a bloated mess (you couldn't pay me enough to watch the 5-hour cut) and Cimino's dictatorial style and obsessiveness over trivial details doomed the project.
     

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