124 Great Directors: Michael Cimino

“I don’t make movies intellectually, I don’t make movies to make a point, I make movies to tell stories about people.”


What Got This Director Here?
: Deer Hunter/Heaven’s Gate.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Deer Hunter.

What Did I Watch: Thunderbolt and Lightfoot.

Where Does He Fit: Michael Cimino’s career is like that of a homeless man who was shaken for his change, violently losing everything he had even when it feels small. Thunderbolt and Lightfoot is a caper that just feels alien: it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere on a plot level, but the cast is selling it hard via sheer force of personality. It’s a little scary how Clint Eastwood is clearly much older than Jeff Bridges in this, yet they’re both still around and they look a lot less far off from one another in terms of age guesses. The scenario unfolds like a stoner comedy, but hey, it was the kind that succeeded and launched him ever so briefly into the stratosphere, where his talents were given more money than they needed.

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Most Valuable Asset: Obsession with the American people.
Most Excited For: Heaven’s Gate.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes, although he’s too high.

Coming Up Next: The French New Wave’s sole female representative, Agnes Varda.

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