Won 2 Oscars.
Another 10 wins & 11 nominations.
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"Big Jane". Paris: Editions Gallimard, 2001. ISBN 2070417603
5' 5" (1.65 m)
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"They've been running Deer Hunter like crazy on Bravo. And here is the whole goddamned Congress singing 'God Bless America' on the steps of the US Capitol. I said, 'Holy shit, this is the ending of the movie.'" (on The Deer Hunter
(1978) in hindsight, post-9/11, London Independent on Sunday, July 2002)
In December 1981, he was signed to direct Footloose
(1984). Producer Daniel Melnick
warned him that if the film went ONE CENT over its budget of $7.5 million, Cimino would have to cover the expenses himself. The following month, just as the movie was about to begin shooting, he asked Melnick to let him rewrite the script for an additional $250 thousand...AND to delay the start date until Cimino ...
[Poetic Realism] His films are all stylized yet realistic, they have fatalistic views of life, and the overall tone is a mix of nostalgia and bitterness. All of these traits fit within the definition of the poetic realism film movement in France of the 1930s and through the war years, which probably accounts for a lot of Cimino's popularity in France.