• Cimino : The Deer Hunter, Heaven's Gate, and the Price of a Vision

    Cimino : The Deer Hunter, Heaven's Gate, and the Price of a Vision

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    The first biography of the acclaimed and derided filmmaker Michael Cimino—and a re-evaluation of the infamous film that destroyed his career. Now in paperback.

    The first biography of the acclaimed and derided filmmaker Michael Cimino—and a re-evaluation of the infamous film that destroyed his career. Now in paperback.

    The director Michael Cimino (1939–2016) is famous for two films: the intense, powerful, and enduring Vietnam movie The Deer Hunter, which won Best Picture at the Academy Awards in 1979 and also won Cimino Best Director, and Heaven’s Gate, the most notorious bomb of all time. Originally budgeted at $11 million, Cimino’s sprawling western went off the rails in Montana. The picture grew longer and longer, and the budget ballooned to over $40 million. When it was finally released, Heaven’s Gate failed so completely with reviewers and at the box office that it put legendary studio United Artists out of business and marked the end of Hollywood’s auteur era.