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Michael Cimino, Controversial Director Of "The Deer Hunter" And "Heaven's Gate", Dead At 77

3 July 2016 7:34 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Cimino and star Kris Kristofferson on the set of the ill-fated production of "Heaven's Gate".

 

By Lee Pfeiffer

Michael Cimino, whose fast rise to royalty in Hollywood was matched only by the sudden demise of his career, has died at age 77. He was born in Long Island and entered the film business with his first success as the co-writer of the 1973 Clint Eastwood Dirty Harry sequel "Magnum Force". (He had previously written the screenplay for the sci-fi cult film "Silent Running" starring Bruce Dern.) Eastwood was suitably impressed and gave Cimino the opportunity to make his directorial debut with the buddy crime caper "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot". Released in 1974, the film was a hit and helped launch Jeff Bridges to stardom with the Oscar nomination he received. In 1978 Cimino released his ambitious Vietnam War epic "The Deer Hunter" starring Robert De Niro and newcomer Meryl Streep. The politics of the big »

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‘The Deer Hunter’ director Michael Cimino dies aged 77

3 July 2016 3:29 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Michael Cimino, the director who brought us such classics as The Deer Hunter and Heaven’s Gate has died at the age of 77.

Cimino directed eight films during his career. His debut was the Clint Eastwood-led Thunderbolt and Lightfoot in 1974, followed by The Deer Hunter just four years later in 1978. Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep and Christopher Walken starred in the Vietnam movie which garnered five Oscars including Best Film the following year. The film is most famous for its often replicated Russian roulette sequence.

Cimino went on to direct Year Of The Dragon, The Sicilian (also with Walken), Desperate Hours, The Sunchaser and a segment in the 2011 ensemble piece To Each His Own Cinema. Cimino also wrote the Dirty Harry movie Magnum Force and Douglas Trumball’s cult classic Silent Running.

No cause of death has been released, though Cimino’s body was said to have been found »

- Paul Heath

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Michael Cimino dies at 77

3 July 2016 2:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Oscar-winning writer-director was widely acclaimed for The Deer Hunter but fell from grace with Heaven’s Gate.

Michael Cimino, the Oscar-winning Hollywood writer-director best known for The Deer Hunter and Heaven’s Gate, has died at age 77.

Press reports said that Cimino’s body was found at his Los Angeles home on Saturday (July 2), with the cause of death yet to be determined.

Cimino started his career in television commercials and as a screenwriter, with credits including 1972 sci-fi tale Silent Running and 1973 Clint Eastwood crime thriller Magnum Force. He made his directing debut on 1974 Eastwood comedy drama Thuderbolt and Lightfoot, which he also wrote.

He rose to prominence as director of 1978 Vietnam war story The Deer Hunter, on which he also got a story credit. The film won five Oscars, including best picture and best director for Cimino himself.

Two years later, however, Cimino’s reputation took a hit when Heaven’s Gate, which he wrote »

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Micheal Cimino dead at 77

3 July 2016 2:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Oscar-winning writer-director was widely acclaimed for The Deer Hunter but fell from grace with Heaven’s Gate.

Michael Cimino, the Oscar-winning Hollywood writer-director best known for The Deer Hunter and Heaven’s Gate, has died at age 77.

Press reports said that Cimino’s body was found at his Los Angeles home on Saturday (July 2), with the cause of death yet to be determined.

Cimino started his career in television commercials and as a screenwriter, with credits including 1972 sci-fi tale Silent Running and 1973 Clint Eastwood crime thriller Magnum Force. He made his directing debut on 1974 Eastwood comedy drama Thuderbolt and Lightfoot, which he also wrote.

He rose to prominence as director of 1978 Vietnam war story The Deer Hunter, on which he also got a story credit. The film won five Oscars, including best picture and best director for Cimino himself.

Two years later, however, Cimino’s reputation took a hit when Heaven’s Gate, which he wrote »

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Michael Cimino, best remembered for 'Heaven's Gate,' is gone

2 July 2016 9:55 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There are days where the Internet feels like the most ghoulish game of telephone ever, particularly when the word starts to spread that someone notable has died. Edgar Wright was the first one I saw mention the death of Michael Cimino this afternoon, quoting a Tweet by Cannes luminary Thierry Fremaux, who announced, “Michael Cimino died peacefully, surrounded by his family and these two women who loved him. We loved him also.” Without question, Cimino’s career was defined by one remarkable high and one remarkable low, and to some degree, his career is the perfect illustration of what happened as film culture moved from the ‘70s to the ‘80s, and part of what makes him such a fascinating figure is how questionable every “fact” about him was. Cimino was a mystery in many ways, and when he made his debut as a director with Thunderbolt & Lightfoot, he looked like »

- Drew McWeeny

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Michael Cimino: A Filmmaker Who Dared to Dream Big

2 July 2016 5:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s easy to think of the 1970s as a time of things falling apart. The counterculture was still doing its slow-burn flameout, and most of the decade lingered under the twin shadows of Vietnam and Watergate, which together blew a hole in our collective sense of faith. The great American filmmakers of the era — directors like Coppola, Scorsese, Altman — responded by holding a mirror up to our doubt and alienation. Yet as dark as some of their movies could be, the New Hollywood was never about tearing things down. It was about looking at the place that America had become and seeing it as something stirring and redemptive, tragic and effusive, intimate and grand. It was about picking up the pieces of a broken but still exhilarating landscape and finding, within them, a new kind of American dream.2

When it came to that mission, no filmmaker of his time dreamed bigger than Michael Cimino, »

- Owen Gleiberman

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R.I.P. Michael Cimino (1939 – 2016)

2 July 2016 4:11 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Michael Cimino, the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind the 1978 classic The Deer Hunter, has passed away aged 77, with Thierry Fremaux, director of the Cannes Film Festival, tweeting that he “died peacefully, surrounded by his family and the two women who loved him.”

Part of the ‘New Hollywood’ wave of filmmakers in the 1970s, Cimino began his feature film career co-writing the sci-fi Silent Runner and the Dirty Harry sequel Magnum Force. He made his feature directorial debut with 1974’s Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, which he also scripted, before directing and producing the Vietnam war epic The Deer Hunter. The film won five Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Picture.

Following the success of The Deer Hunter, Cimino went on to make the western Heaven’s Gate, a huge critical and commercial failure which almost bankrupted United Artists and left the filmmaker’s reputation in tatters. He would go on to direct just »

- Gary Collinson

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The Deer Hunter Director Michael Cimino Dies at 77, Cannes Film Festival Director Says

2 July 2016 3:50 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Michael Cimino, director of the Oscar-winning film The Deer Hunter, has died. He was 77. Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux announced Cimino's passing on Twitter Saturday. "Michael Cimino died peacefully, surrounded by his family and the two women who loved him. We loved him too," Fremaux wrote in French. Among the eight works in his directorial career, The Deer Hunter is arguably Cimino's best known film. In 1978, he directed, produced and co-wrote the war drama that starred Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and John Cazale. The Deer Hunter took home five Oscars that year. Michael Cimino est mort, en paix, »

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Michael Cimino, 'The Deer Hunter' Director, Dead at 77

2 July 2016 3:04 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Michael Cimino, the Academy Award-winning director and cinematic visionary behind films like The Deer Hunter and Heaven's Gate, died Saturday.

Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux first announced news of Cimino's death, tweeting that Cimino died surrounded by family members. A representative for the director could neither "confirm nor deny" whether Cimino had died. No cause of death was provided. Cimino was reportedly 77.

"I cannot believe Michael Cimino has passed away too," director Edgar Wright tweeted."'Thunderbolt & Lightfoot' is one of my favourite films. R.I.P."

After beginning his career in art and advertising, »

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R.I.P. Director Michael Cimino

2 July 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Cimino has died at the age of 77.

Cimino was one of the filmmakers that made up the 'New Hollywood' wave in the 1970s which pushed directors as the driving creative force behind filmmaking. He broke onto the scene with the 1974 heist film "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot" starring Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges.

It was his second film though, 1978's post-Vietnam war drama "The Deer Hunter," which became a bonafide cinematic classic and Best Picture Winner. A scathing look at the fallout and impact of the war on the lives of people from small town Pennsylvania, it remains a major milestone in the careers of its stars like Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and John Savage.

Following up such a film was always going to be a tall order, and Cimino's third film became famous for other reasons. The 1980 western "Heaven's Gate" scored a reputation for being »

- Garth Franklin

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Remembering Michael Cimino, Dead at 77

2 July 2016 2:47 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

It had 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

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Remembering Michael Cimino, Dead at 77

2 July 2016 2:47 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It had 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

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Michael Cimino, ‘Deer Hunter’ And ‘Heaven’s Gate’ Director, Dies at 77

2 July 2016 2:08 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Updated: Michael Cimino, known for his films such as “The Deer Hunter” and “Heaven’s Gate,” has died. He was 77 years old.

The news was revealed by Cannes Film Festival Director Thierry Frémaux who tweeted on June 2 about the director’s passing, “Michael Cimino died peacefully, surrounded by his family and the two women who loved him. We loved him too.” 

Michael Cimino est mort, en paix, entouré des siens et de ces deux femmes qui l’aimaient. Nous l’aimions aussi. pic.twitter.com/emPv4nj5cZ

— Thierry Fremaux (@Thierryfremaux) July 2, 2016

Read More: Remembering Michael Cimino, Dead at 77

Various other outlets such as Variety and The Hollywood Reporter are also reporting the death. No other details have been announced at this moment.

Cimino directed eight films total and made his directorial debut in 1974 with the movie “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot.” His second, “The Deer Hunter,” about the ways in which »

- Liz Calvario

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Bruce Dern, at 80, Reflects on His Career, Working With Clint Eastwood and Alfred Hitchcock

4 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

At high school and college track meets, Bruce Dern was known as the guy who came from behind to win the race. Most actors who started out in the 1950s and ’60s faded away long ago, but Dern continues to be a runner — and continues to work as an actor, including his Oscar-nominated performance in “Nebraska” and in last year’s “Hateful Eight.”

Dern, who turns 80 on Saturday, got his professional start by working with Lee Strasberg and Elia Kazan, and his career is dotted with big names that he worked with: John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Roger Corman, Jane Fonda and Jack Nicholson, to name a few. He also had encounters with such diverse characters as notorious west coast mobster Mickey Cohen and noted pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Dern recently told Variety, “I’ve worked with six geniuses as directors: Kazan, Alfred Hitchcock, »

- Tim Gray

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