Sunday, July 3, 2016

Death of the director of “The Deer Hunter” Michael Cimino – The Point

The American director Michael Cimino, author of “The Deer Hunter” ( “The Deer Hunter”, 1978) on the Vietnam War, died at the age of 77.

the death of writer and director was first announced by the director of the Cannes Film Festival, Thierry Fremaux and later by the New York Times, citing a friend of Michael Cimino, the former lawyer Eric Weissmann. According to him, the body of the director was found at his home in Los Angeles, after friends had unsuccessfully tried to reach the phone. The causes of death have not been clarified.

Michael Cimino scored the cinema with his “The Deer Hunter”, an epic three-hour evokes the Vietnam War through the lives of three friends, winner of five Oscars in 1979 including best film and best director for Cimino.

in one of the cult scenes of the film, the characters incarnated by Robert de Niro and Christopher Walken, prisoners of the North Vietnamese, playing Russian roulette

Saturday, Robert de Niro said. “Our work together is something I will always remember He will be greatly missed.”.

Born in New York February 3, 1939 (commonly date of official misconduct whichever) of a music publisher father and a mother stylist, he earned a degree and then a master in painting, respectively Yale University (1961) and that of New Haven (1963) before making commercials for television.

in 1971, he moved to Los Angeles and began the screenwriting like “Silent Running” ecological science fiction story, “Dirty Harry,” “Magnum Force”, before realizing “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot” ( “Lightfoot”) in 1974, including Jeff Bridges and Clint Eastwood who produced the film

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the real success came with “the Deer Hunter” ( “the Deer Hunter”, 1978) , one of the first films to evoke the Vietnam War

Conversely, “the Heaven’s gate” ( “Heaven’s gate”, 1980) is on view for a week. Scratching the founding myth of the melting pot, this saga is a critical and financial failure, fatal for United Artists, which had invested heavily in its projection of 3:40.

In an interview with Vanity Fair magazine in 2010, Michael Cimino said he hoped someone would recognize one day this film as a masterpiece.

What will happen in 2012 when Cimino unveils full version (during its theatrical release, the film was shortened by one hour) remastered who finally finds its audience. The director of the Venice Film Festival Alberto Barber, calls itself “absolute masterpiece” evocation of bloody fighting rich Wyoming ranchers against immigrants from Central Europe, with the tacit approval of federal authorities.

After this dismal commercial failure, Cimino must wait five years to go through in 1985 with “year of the Dragon” ( “the year of the Dragon”), the Chinese mafia, but the Asian community accused of racism

followed by three business failures. “the Sicilian” in 1987, the bandit Salvatore Giuliano, his critics accuse him of glorifying, “Desperate Hours”, remake of the Desperate Hours William Wyler in 1990, and “Sunchaser” in 1996 road movie about the Navajos in the mountains of Colorado.

When the camera fails him, Cimino is expressed through writing, especially with “Big Jane”, a beautiful woman portrait of 1950s America published by Gallimard in 2001 for lack of US publisher. This novel won him the same year the Literary Award of the American Film Festival of Deauville.

There may be mentioned also “Shadow Conversations” ( “Mirror Conversations”), book stores, and “Hundred Oceans” self-portrait novel. For several years he worked in the adaptation of “The Human Condition” André Malraux.

In 2001, France, where he likes to reside, presented the Michael Cimino Arts knight medal and Letters, decoration, he said, the key all other

03/07/2016 9:11:04. – Washington (AFP) – AFP © 2016


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