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Michael Cimino, director of 'The Deer Hunter' (1978). Picture by Alamy

Michael Cimino, director of 'The Deer Hunter' (1978). Picture by Alamy

The 51st Academy Awards, 1979: Michael Cimino, best director for 'The Deer Hunter', with Jane Fonda and John Voight, best actress and best actor for 'Coming Home'. Picture: Alamy

The 51st Academy Awards, 1979: Michael Cimino, best director for 'The Deer Hunter', with Jane Fonda and John Voight, best actress and best actor for 'Coming Home'. Picture: Alamy

Michael Cimino

Michael Cimino

1978, American director Michael Cimino (left) confers with American actor Robert De Niro on the set of Cimino's film, 'The Deer Hunter'. (Photo by United Artists/Getty Images)

1978, American director Michael Cimino (left) confers with American actor Robert De Niro on the set of Cimino's film, 'The Deer Hunter'. (Photo by United Artists/Getty Images)

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Michael Cimino, director of 'The Deer Hunter' (1978). Picture by Alamy

Michael Cimino: The Deer Hunter, Heaven’s Gate and the Price of a Vision Charles Elton Abrams Press, €19.99


Michael Cimino was one of the most fascinating figures in Hollywood history. Few directors have burned so brightly and burned out so quickly. A former ad man who moved into movies, he quickly became one of the most respected auteurs in the world when his second feature, The Deer Hunter (1978), a three-hour film about three steelworkers whose lives are changed by the Vietnam War, was a huge box office hit worldwide and won three Oscars. His follow-up Heaven’s Gate (1980), an epic Western starring Kris Kristofferson, was a critical and commercial disaster and became a byword for expensive Hollywood flops.


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