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It has been a long time since I was in the same room with director Michael Cimino. My first job out of Nyu Cinema Studies was in the publicity department at United Artists in New York, where I witnessed the long delays on Cimino’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning 1978 anti-war diatribe “The Deer Hunter,” the period western “Heaven’s Gate.” The director got caught up in chasing authenticity in the myriad details of the production, training for weeks the cast led by Kris Kristofferson and Isabelle Huppert to roller-skate for one scene—and demanding endless retakes until he shot more feet of film, over 1 million, than even Francis Coppola did on another memorably out-of-control UA movie, “Apocalypse Now.” The original $11 million budget bloated to $32 million (Cimino’s figure), as recounted in Steven Bach's "Final Cut: Art, Money and Ego in the Making of 'Heaven's Gate.' “Heaven’s »
- Anne Thompson
The director of The Deer Hunter and Heaven’s Gate revealed that he often wonders “why I made the crazy, suicidal turn in the road that I did”.
The day after receiving the Locarno Film Festival’s Pardo d’onore on the Piazza Grande, Us filmmaker Michael Cimino took part in a discussion about his career at the Spazio outdoor forum.
“I don’t know movies in the way that someone like my friend Quentin Tarantino does; I’m not a cinephile in that sense,” Cimino told a rapt audience.
A legendary figure in the industry thanks to his small but potent body of work (including The Deer Hunter, Heaven’s Gate and Year Of The Dragon) and eccentric reputation, Cimino added: “I’m a frustrated would-be architect who stumbled into this lunatic business of making movies. I don’t why I made the crazy, suicidal turn in the road that I did; I wonder that all »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Mueller)
Christopher Nolan recently announced a new project entitled Quay, a documentary short about two British stop-motion animators. Set to premiere next week, it’s a far cry from Nolan’s blockbusters in both scope and subject matter. Yet it’s clearly a personal project, with Nolan using his clout and money to promote two obscure filmmakers.
Every artist – director, star, screenwriter – has some project that they want to make above all. A deeply personal, original idea; an autobiographical story; a favored story or hero they wish to celebrate. If a filmmaker is successful or lucky enough, they get a chance to produce them. Yet sometimes the reaction isn’t what they expect.
Francis Ford Coppola started his career directing exploitation films for Roger Corman, notably the horror film Dementia 13 (1963). Then he toiled as screenwriter and occasional director, helming the musical Finian’s Rainbow (1968) and the more personal The Rain People »
- Christopher Saunders
For a director who has made films with such resolutely masculine acting talents as Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, Christopher Walken and Robert De Niro, Michael Cimino cuts a slight and delicate figure in his cuban-heeled tan shoes, jeans and untucked denim shirt. He’s also remarkably well preserved for a man of 76 - a mix in demeanour of Cliff Richard, Michael Jackson and a dash of Peter Pan. After receiving his Honorary Swisscom Leopard last night on the Piazza Grande as part of the 68th Locarno Film Festival Cimino emerged today (10 August) all guns blazing to meet the public and the press. He is, after all, a huge fan of the Western with his infamous production of Heaven’s Gate in which he managed to secure »
- Richard Mowe
With three Oscar wins and 19 total nominations, Meryl Streep is considered by most to be the greatest actress who has ever lived. From her breakout role opposite Robert De Niro in “The Deer Hunter” to last year’s turn as the Witch in Disney’s musical “Into the Woods,” Streep has spent decades entertaining audiences and showing off her one-of-a-kind versatility. With the release of “Ricki and the Flash” this weekend, TheWrap decided to take a look back at Streep’s amazing career and the classic lines of dialogue she has made famous over the years. With such an astounding body of. »
- Jeff Sneider
As an actress, Meryl Streep can do just about anything. Too bad she can't rescue a movie that doesn't know whether it's a routine dysfunctional family comedy-drama or a portrait of a musician coming to terms with the failure of her career. Streep first popped in a small role in 1977's Julia before grabbing the attention of critics and fellow actors the following year in Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter, earning her first Academy Award nomination. A staggering 18 nominations have followed, and she's won three Oscars in total. Having built a sterling reputation as a dramatic performer, she began mixing comic roles into her repertory starting in 1989 with the sour She Devil before scoring with the absolutely delightful Defending Your Life (1991). Meanwhile,...
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First off, let's make one thing clear. We're not scratching our heads at Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" making the BBC's 100 greatest American films. That movie, of which an image accompanies this post, not only made the list, but ranked appropriately at no. 25. It's the rest of the selections that have us scratching and, yes, shaking our heads in disbelief. A wonderful page view driver, these sorts of lists make great fodder for passionate movie fans no matter what their age or part of the world they hail from. There is nothing more entertaining than watching two critics from opposite ends of the globe try to debate whether "The Dark Knight" should have been nominated for best picture or make a list like this. Even in this age of short form content where Vines, Shapchats and Instagram videos have captured viewers attention, movies will continue to inspire because »
- Gregory Ellwood
Hong Sang-soo's Right Now, Wrong Then.The lineup for the 2015 festival has been revealed, including new films by Hong Sang-soo, Andrzej Zulawski, Chantal Akerman, Athina Rachel Tsangari, and others, alongside retrospectives and tributes dedicated to Sam Peckinpah, Michael Cimino, Bulle Ogier, and much more.Piazza GRANDERicki and the Flash (Jonathan Demme, USA)La belle saison (Catherine Corsini, France)Le dernier passage (Pascal Magontier, France)Der staat gegen Fritz Bauer (Lars Kraume, Germany)Southpaw (Antoine Fuqua, USA)Trainwreck (Judd Apatow, USA)Jack (Elisabeth Scharang, Austria)Floride (Philippe Le Guay, France)The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino, UK/USA)Erlkönig (Georges Schwizgebel, Switzerland)Guibord s'en va-t-en guerre (Philippe Falardeau, Canada)Bombay Velvet (Anurag Kashyap, India)Pastorale cilentana (Mario Martone, Italy)La vanite (Lionel Baier, Switzerland/France)The Laundryman (Lee Chung, Taiwan)Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, USA) I pugni ni tasca (Marco Bellocchio, Italy)Heliopolis (Sérgio Machado, Brazil)Amnesia (Barbet Schroeder, »
Next month’s 68th edition of the Locarno Film Festival will open with the the world premiere of Jonathan Demme’s Ricki And The Flash due to screen at the Piazza Grande on 5 August before a crowd of more than 7,000 spectators, it was revealed today (15 July).
Meryl Streep stars as a woman who abandons her family to pursue her dream of becoming a rock star. Streep’s daughter Mamie Gummer also stars in the film, alongside Kevin Kline, Rick Springfield and Audra McDonald. Diablo Cody wrote the script. The film is due to open in the States two days after its Locarno premiere.
There is a distinct Stars and Stripes emphasis in this year’s line-up with actor Edward Norton receiving »
- Richard Mowe
The 68th Locarno Film Festival (August 5-15) will open with Jonathan Demme’s musical comedy-drama Ricki And The Flash, in which Meryl Streep stars as a musician who tries to make things right with her family after giving up everything to pursue her dream of rock-and-roll stardom.
Written by Diablo Cody, the film gets a Piazza Grande berth alongside Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me And Earl And The Dying Girl, Catherine Corsini’s La Belle Saison and Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw.
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Rome — The Locarno Film Festival has unveiled a rich lineup for its 68th edition, comprising new works from U.S. director Jonathan Demme and other established international directors, including Chantal Akerman, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Hong Sang-soo and Andrzej Zulawski, screening alongside potential discoveries within a mix of traditional narratives and more cutting edge cinema.
Demme’s “Ricki and the Flash,” starring Meryl Streep as an aging rock star trying to reconnect with her family, will screen out-of-competition August 5 on the prominent Swiss fest’s open-air Piazza Grande ahead of its U.S. release August 7 via Sony’s TriStar Pictures. Hot pic is penned by Diablo Cody.
For the competition section Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian has secured fourteen world preems, including Greek auteur Athena Rachel Tsangari’s long awaited “Chevalier”; Gallic veteran Chantal Akerman’s docu “Not a Home Movie”; ace Italo filmmaker Pietro Marcello’s docu/feature “Bella e Perduta”; “Right Now, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Read More: Why the Locarno Film Festival is Unlike Any Other Moviegoing Experience Michael Cimino, known for his great success with "The Deer Hunter" and great failure with "Heaven's Gate," will be the subject of a new tribute at the upcoming Locarno Film Festival. Cimino will receive the Pardo d'onore Swisscom on the Piazza Grande on August 9. On the following day, fans will have the opportunity to participate in a discussion with the director at the Spazio Cinema. The tribute will conclude with screenings of Cimino's films, including "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot," "The Deer Hunter," "Heaven's Gate" and "Year of the Dragon." The Pardo d’onore Swisscom will also be awarded to Marco Bellocchio at the festival. Previous recipients include Leos Carax and Werner Herzog. The Locarno Film Festival will run from August 5 to 15. Read More: Watch: Steven Soderbergh's "Butcher's Cut" Of »
- Kaeli Van Cott
The Swiss fest dedicated to indie cinema will award Cimino a Pard of honor Swisscom career nod in a ceremony on its open-air Piazza Grande on August 9. A mini-retro of his work will also unspool, comprising his 1974 directorial debut “Thuderbolt and Lightfoot,” starring Clint Eastwood and a young Jeff Bridges; “The Deer Hunter,” which won five Oscars in 1978; “Heaven’s Gate” (1980); and “Year of the Dragon” (1985).
Fest’s 68th edition will run August 5-15.
- Nick Vivarelli
Deer Hunter director to receive Pardo d’onore.
American screenwriter, director and producer Michael Cimino will receive a Pardo d’onore at the 68th Locarno Film Festival (Aug 5-15), where several of his films will be shown in tribute.
New York native Cimino, who initially enlisted in the Army Reserves while working towards a Masters Degree in painting from Yale, made his directorial debut on 1974 comedy crime-drama Thunderbolt and Lightfoot.
His second film The Deer Hunter (1978) won five Oscars, including Best Film and Best Director, and cemented Cimino’s reputation as one of the most exciting directors of the American New Wave.
Festival director Carlo Chatrain stated: “I am very honored to be able to welcome Michael Cimino and I am sure that his presence will be a great stimulus for the many viewers and young filmmakers attending Locarno.
“As enduring and majestic as the granite of the American mountains with which he has often surrounded his characters »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Madison Antus)
It’s the sweep, the plein air space and beauty, the wide screen and the way people become magnetic, dynamic forces within the places they inhabit. Some of the best films of the seventies shared these qualities, in North America and Europe, a new naturalistic cinematic language, look and tone that was majestic and emphatic. In North America, films like Days of Heaven, The Godfather, The Conversation, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Jaws, The Deer Hunter and Apocalypse Now opened the world with wide screens, refusing to be bound by film conventions.Directors and cinematographers recognised by the end of the […] »
- Anne Brodie
Harry Callahan’s next adventure originated with John Milius, Hollywood’s favorite gun fanatic, surfer and “Zen anarchist.” Milius wrote B Movies for American International Pictures before breaking through with two Westerns, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean and Jeremiah Johnson. His knack for macho action and pulpy, colorful dialogue fit Dirty Harry perfectly; Milius wrote his draft in 21 days, receiving a Purdey shotgun as payment.
Though uncredited, Milius claims credit for Harry‘s dialogue, especially the “Do I feel lucky?” monologue. Others, including Richard Schickel, credit Harry Julian Fink with that speech. Clint Eastwood marginalizes Milius’s contributions to the film, admitting “we might have taken a few good items John had in there.” Milius resented this: “Look at the movie and you tell me who wrote that,” he challenged an interviewer.
Milius soon moved past any hurt feelings. After reading several articles on Brazil’s “death »
- Christopher Saunders
1979 is our "Year of the Month" and this post was way way too much fun to research. Before the main course of the Supporting Actress Smackdown (pushed to June 7th), let's marinate a little in the year that was.
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Best Movies According To...
Oscar: Kramer vs Kramer*, All That Jazz, Apocalypse Now, Breaking Away, and Norma Rae were the best pictures nominees but they also loved La Cage Aux Folles, The China Syndrome, Manhattan, Being There and The Black Stallion
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By Alex Simon
There are few rituals in life more chaotic, confounding and magical than the wedding. Appropriately, marriages have provided the backdrop for many a story spun through the ages. Whether it’s sending out multitudes of wedding invitations, choosing the right dress, or whether to seat Aunt Mabel next to her second or fifth ex-husband at the reception, weddings both in life and on film are almost always guaranteed to bring forth a surge of emotions. Below are a few of our favorite cinematic nuptials:
1. The Searchers (1956)
John Ford’s western masterpiece is full of many iconic moments, not the least of which is one of the screen’s greatest knock-down, drag-out fights between Jeffrey Hunter and Ken Curtis for the hand of comely Vera Miles. Martin Scorsese loved this scene so much, he paid homage by having his characters watch it in Mean Streets (1973).
- The Hollywood Interview.com
The spirit of the American West lives on in France, of all places, where devotees don their cowboy hats and jeans to attend carnivals where they ride horses and dance to country music. While the hard-scrabble attitude endures, one can’t help but wonder where the lawless frontier itself now lies — precisely the question screenwriter Thomas Bidegain explores in “Les Cowboys.” Bidegain, who for years has served as the muscle behind Jacques Audiard’s scripts, advances his ongoing deconstruction of genre-movie masculinity in his uncompromising, anti-romantic directorial debut, transposing the myth of John Ford’s “The Searchers” to the modern era when one of these ersatz cowboys’ daughters disappears, sending her Marlboro-man father off in hopeless pursuit. Here, instead of being abducted by Comanches, the girl converts to Islam, touching on still-raw racial prejudices in a pared-down, elliptical art film that’s tough to watch, yet continues to haunt in the weeks that follow. »
- Peter Debruge
Jimmy Fallon‘s version of Russian Roulette is far less deadly than the harrowing scene film fans might remember from 1978 war epic, “The Deer Hunter,” but almost as messy. “The Tonight Show” host challenged “Pitch Perfect 2” star Anna Kendrick to a round of Egg Russian Roulette on Tuesday’s episode. The pair went head-to-head with a dozen eggs. Also Read: Can 'Pitch Perfect' Become the Female 'Fast and the Furious' for Universal? Eight of them were hard-boiled, but four of them were raw — i.e., fully loaded. “Uncooked, untainted by fire,” according to the high-pitched introduction. “The first to »
- Debbie Emery
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