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Encyclopedia > Michael Cimino
Michael Cimino
Born March 18, 1987 (1987-03-18) (age 20)
New York City, New York, US

Michael Cimino (born February 3, 1939, New York City) is an Australia film director. His last name is pronounced "Cha-Mee-Noe." The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture has been awarded annually since 1944 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. ... For other uses, see Deer Hunter. ... is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...


He was born in New York City, New York on either November 16, 1943 (according to his professional biography) or February 3, 1939 (which is more plausible in light of the dates of his degrees). He graduated from Yale University, receiving his undergraduate degree in 1961, and his master's in 1963. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... “NY” redirects here. ... is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... “Yale” redirects here. ... The Bachelor of Fine Arts, usually abbreviated BFA, is the standard undergraduate degree for students seeking a professional education in the visual or performing arts. ... In the United States, a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is a terminal graduate degree in an area of visual, plastic, literary or performing arts typically requiring two to three years of study beyond the bachelor level. ...

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Early career

Cimino's biography is an example of several meteoric rises and falls that were seen in Hollywood in the 1970s. With two writing credits to his name (the science fiction film Silent Running and the second Dirty Harry film, Magnum Force), Cimino moved up to directing when his spec script, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, was purchased by Clint Eastwood's production company, Malpaso, with Eastwood originally slated to direct it himself. However, Cimino convinced him to allow him to direct the film, which became a solid box office success at the time, and which enjoys a minor cult status today. With the success of Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Cimino was able to secure a stellar cast and freedom from studio interference for his second film, The Deer Hunter (1978). The picture became a massive critical and commercial success, and won a number of Oscars, including Best Director and Best Picture. For other uses, see Silent Running (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Dirty Harry (disambiguation). ... Film cover for Magnum Force Magnum Force was the first of the sequels to the film Dirty Harry starring Clint Eastwood as maverick cop Harry Callahan. ... A screenplay or script is a blueprint for producing a motion picture. ... Thunderbolt and Lightfoot is a 1974 crime film starring Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, George Kennedy, and Geoffrey Lewis. ... Clint Eastwood (born Clinton Eastwood, Jr. ... Thunderbolt and Lightfoot is a 1974 crime film starring Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, George Kennedy, and Geoffrey Lewis. ... For other uses, see Deer Hunter. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... The Academy Award for Directing is one of the awards given to directors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. ... // The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Academy Awards, awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which are voted on by others within the industry. ...


Heaven's Gate

On the basis of this track record, he was given free rein by United Artists for his next film, Heaven's Gate (1980). The film came in several times over budget; the result not only was a financial disaster that nearly bankrupted the studio, but Heaven's Gate became the lightning rod for the industry perception of the out-of-control state of Hollywood at that time. The film marked the end of the so-called New Hollywood era. Transamerica Corporation, the owner of United Artists, lost confidence in the film company and its management. Transamerica soon sold the company. The current United Artists logo (a variant was used during the 1980s). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Heaven's Gate was such a devastating box office and critical bomb that public perception of Cimino's work was almost irretrievably tainted in its wake; none of his subsequent films achieved popular or critical success. Many critics who had originally praised The Deer Hunter became far more reserved about the picture and about Cimino after Heaven's Gate. For other uses, see Deer Hunter. ...


In recent years a number of critics have stated that the film is not so bad as it was perceived to be at its original release.[citation needed]


Footloose

In 1984, after being unable to finalize a deal with director Herbert Ross, surprisingly, Paramount Pictures offered the job of directing Footloose to Cimino. According to screenwriter Dean Pitchford[1], Cimino was at the helm of Footloose for four months, making more and more extravagant demands in terms of set construction and overall production. Finally, Paramount realized that it potentially had another Heaven's Gate on its hands. Paramount fired Cimino and finalized the deal with Herbert Ross to direct the picture, as had originally been intended. Herbert David Ross (May 13, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York - October 9, 2001 in New York City), also known as Herb Ross, was a prolific film director, producer, choreographer and actor from the 1950s to the 1990s. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... Footloose is a 1984 movie that tells the story of Ren McCormick (played by Kevin Bacon), a teenager who was raised in Chicago. ... Footloose is a 1984 movie that tells the story of Ren McCormick (played by Kevin Bacon), a teenager who was raised in Chicago. ...


This episode, though seemingly trivial, had far-reaching effects for Cimino's career. After the Footloose episode, within the film industry, Cimino was perceived as someone who had not learned his lesson with Heaven's Gate. In fact, executives came to the conclusion that, given the chance, Cimino would again make extravagant demands that might ultimately lead to another debacle. Therefore, Hollywood turned its back on Cimino after the Footloose episode. All his subsequent films would be financed independently, and not as part of a studio.


Other projects

Cimino had signed a multi-picture deal with United Artists in 1979. Heaven’s Gate was the first production but most of the other films that were supposed to follow were not made due to the former film’s failure. Cimino has been attached to many projects since Heaven’s Gate but his reputation precluded him from either being hired or ultimately being removed from production. The current United Artists logo (a variant was used during the 1980s). ...


Cimino wrote a script for The Fountainhead, based on the novel by Ayn Rand. He wrote 27 drafts of this screenplay and it was previously optioned by UA in 1975. Filming was to begin after Heaven’s Gate but was scrapped by United Artists. The Fountainhead is a 1943 novel by Ayn Rand. ... Ayn Rand (IPA: , February 2 [O.S. January 20] 1905 – March 6, 1982), born Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum (Russian: ), was a Russian-born American novelist and philosopher,[1] best known for developing Objectivism and for writing the novels We the Living, The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged and the novella Anthem. ...


Cimino wrote the script for The Dogs of War starring Christopher Walken and was also signed to direct but was subsequently removed from the project. The film was eventually made with a heavily rewritten script in 1981. The Dogs of War or Dogs of War may refer to: In film: Dogs of War (film), a 1923 short comedy film with Our Gang and a cameo appearance by Harold Lloyd The Dogs of War (film), a 1981 film based on the novel by Frederick Forsyth [[Star Trek- The... Christopher Walken (born March 31, 1943) is an Academy Award-winning American film and theatre actor. ...


Cimino co-wrote the screenplay The Life and Dreams of Frank Costello with James Toback and went through pre-production on the film with three different studios (UA, Warners, and Dino De Laurentiis) from 1979 to 1989. The film never went into production. Frank Costello, born Francesco Castiglia, or Castilla (January 26, 1891 - February 18, 1973) was an American gangster who rose to the top of Americas underworld, controlled a vast gambling empire across the United States and had political influence like no other La Cosa Nostra boss. ... James Toback (b. ... Agostino De Laurentiis, usually credited as Dino De Laurentiis, (born August 8, 1919) is an Italian movie producer born at Torre Annunziata in the province of Naples. ...


Perfect Strangers was a love story written by Cimino and was to be produced by David Picker. The script went into pre-production at Paramount but was ultimately dropped. Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ...


Cimino took over the Mutiny on the Bounty project after David Lean quit but was removed from production after the failure of Heaven’s Gate. Ironically it was Lean who was asked by United Artists to take over the directing duties of Heaven’s Gate when it spiraled over budget. For other uses, see Mutiny on the Bounty (disambiguation). ... Sir David Lean, KBE (March 25, 1908 – April 16, 1991) was an English film director and producer, best remembered for big-screen epics such as Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai, and Doctor Zhivago . ...


He wrote a script, Pearl, about the life of Janis Joplin which was rewritten several times and eventually became The Rose. Cimino returned to do script polishing for no credit. Janis Lyn Joplin (Born January 19, 1943- October 4, 1970 was an influential singer, songwriter, and music arranger. ... The Rose is a 1979 film which tells the story of a 1960s drug-addled rock music star whose life comes unraveled when she travels to her home town in Florida to put on a concert in order to show the people she grew up with that she had made...


Cimino was the original director for the sci-fi classic The Dead Zone but was fired by the studio at the behest of Stephen King due to creative differences over the rewriting of the script. The Dead Zone is a 1983 film directed by David Cronenberg. ... Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of over 200 stories including over 50 bestselling horror novels. ...


He was then fired from directing toward the end of production on The Pope of Greenwich Village. Stuart Rosenberg took over and Cimino went uncredited. The Pope of Greenwich Village is a 1984 film starring Mickey Rourke and Eric Roberts. ... Stuart Rosenberg (August 11, 1927 – March 15, 2007) was an American film and television director whose notable works included the movies Cool Hand Luke (1967), Voyage of the Damned (1976), The Amityville Horror (1979), and The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984). ...


He co-wrote a biopic about the life of Fyodor Dostoevsky with Raymond Carver. This was optioned by Columbia Pictures but never went into production. It has been suggested that Cultural depictions of Fyodor Dostoevsky be merged into this article or section. ... Raymond Clevie Carver, Jr. ... The Columbia Pictures logo from 1993 to the present Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ...


Cimino wrote an adaptation of the French bicycle marathon novel The Yellow Jersey with Dustin Hoffman committed and slated to go into production at Lorimar in 1985 but was dropped. The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Lorimar Productions was a American television production company, active from 1968-1993. ...


He wrote an adaptation of Truman Capote’s Handcarved Coffins for Dan Rissner at MGM and was set to direct after Year of The Dragon but the project was dropped after Rissner was fired from the studio. Truman Capote (pronounced ) (30 September 1924 – 25 August 1984) was an American writer whose non-fiction, stories, novels and plays are recognized literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffanys (1958) and In Cold Blood (1965), which he labeled a non-fiction novel. ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ...


Later career

Cimino's "cops and crooks" epic Year of the Dragon, adapted by him and Oliver Stone from Robert Daley's novel, fared much better. In fact, due to it, Cimino was made an honorary Colonel in the Royal Thai Air Force. However, Year of the Dragon was also nominated for five Razzie awards, including Worst Director and Worst Screenplay. The film was also sharply criticized for providing offending stereotypes about Chinese Americans. Year of the Dragon is a 1985 film directed by Michael Cimino, starring Mickey Rourke and John Lone. ... William Oliver Stone (born September 15, 1946), known simply as Oliver Stone, is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director and screenwriter. ... This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ... The Royal Thai Air Force (Thai: กองทัพอากาศไทย, Kong Thab Akat Thai) is the air force of the Kingdom of Thailand. ... The Golden Raspberries or Razzies were created by John Wilson in 1980, intended to complement the Academy Awards by dishonoring the worst acting, screenwriting, songwriting, directing, and films that the film industry had to offer. ... A Chinese American is an American who is of ethnic Chinese descent. ...


The advertising campaign for Year of the Dragon made frequent references to Cimino's hit film The Deer Hunter, strongly implying that this was Cimino's most recent film before Year of the Dragon. Conspicuously absent from the ad campaign was any mention of Heaven's Gate.


In 2001, Cimino published his first novel, Big Jane. Later that year the French Minister of Culture decorated him "Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres." A Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, sometimes called a Chevalier dans lOrdre des Arts et des Lettres (in English, Knight [of the Order] of Arts and Letters) is a distinction awarded by the Minister of Culture of France in recognition of outstanding achievement in the arts. ...


Interviews

Interviews with Cimino are rare, and he gives his part in the Heaven's Gate very little discussion. George Hickenlooper's book Reel Interviews and Peter Biskind's highly critical book Easy Riders, Raging Bulls deal almost exclusively with the film and resulting scandal. Hickenlooper's book includes one of the few candid discussions with Cimino; Biskind focuses on events during and after the production as a later backdrop for the sweeping changes made to Hollywood and the movie brat generation. George Hickenlooper (born May 15, 1965 in St. ... Peter Biskind is a journalist and author famous for some of his entertaining and provocative portrayals of life in Hollywood in books like Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock N Roll Generation Saved Hollywood, Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film... Easy Riders, Raging Bulls is a book by Peter Biskind about 1970s Hollywood, a stand alone period of American film that produced such classics as The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, Taxi Driver, Jaws, Star Wars, The Exorcist and The Last Picture Show. ... ...


The European DVD release of The Deer Hunter contains an audio commentary with Cimino, as does the American one of Year of the Dragon. DVD Regions Each DVD-Video disc contains one or more region codes, denoting the area(s) of the world in which distribution and playback are intended. ... For other uses, see Deer Hunter. ... On a DVD (or laserdisc), an audio commentary is a bonus track consisting of a lecture or comments by one or more speakers, who talk about the movie as it progresses. ... Year of the Dragon is a 1985 film directed by Michael Cimino, starring Mickey Rourke and John Lone. ...


Filmography

Director:

Preceded by
Woody Allen
for Annie Hall
Academy Award for Best Director
1978
for The Deer Hunter
Succeeded by
Robert Benton
for Kramer vs. Kramer

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot is a 1974 crime film starring Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, George Kennedy, and Geoffrey Lewis. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Deer Hunter. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... The Pope of Greenwich Village is a 1984 film starring Mickey Rourke and Eric Roberts. ... This article is about the year. ... Year of the Dragon is a 1985 film directed by Michael Cimino, starring Mickey Rourke and John Lone. ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... The Sicilian is a novel written by American author Mario Puzo and published in 1984 by Random House Publishing Group (ISBN 0-671-43564-7). ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Despeate Hours (1990) DVD cover This 1990 film was a remake of the 1955 Humphrey Bogart film, The Desperate Hours. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... The Sunchaser is 1996 film starring Woody Harrelson and Jon Seda. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Woody Allen (born Allen Stewart Königsberg on December 1, 1935) is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, jazz musician, comedian, and playwright. ... Annie Hall is a 1977 romantic comedy film directed by Woody Allen from a script he co-wrote with Marshall Brickman. ... The Academy Award for Directing is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the awards are voted on by other people within the industry. ... For other uses, see Deer Hunter. ... Robert Benton (born September 29, 1932 in Waxahachie, Texas) is an American screenwriter and film director. ... Kramer vs. ...

External links

  • Cimino's Bio on IMDB
  • MichaelCimino.Fr French website
  • Last of the Big Spenders, an interview from 2002

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Michael Cimino - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (323 words)
Michael Cimino (born February 3, 1939 in New York City, New York) is an American film director.
Cimino's biography is an example of one of the meteoric rises and falls that were seen in Hollywood in the 1970s.
Interviews with Cimino are rare, and his part in the Heaven's Gate saga remains a relative non-topic, though George Hickenlooper's book Reel Interviews and Peter Biskind's scathing book Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, touch almost exclusively on the film and resulting scandal, where Hickenlooper's book offers a rare candid discussion with Cimino, Biskind's does not.
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