Final Cut by Steven Bach
Art, Money, and Ego in the Making of Heaven's Gate, the Film That Sank United Artists

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Heaven's Gate is probably the most discussed, least seen film in modern movie history. Its notoriety is so great that its title has become a generic term for disaster, for ego run rampant, for epic mismanagement, for wanton extravagance. It was also the film that brought down one of Hollywood’s major studios—United Artists, the company founded in 1919 by Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, D. W. Griffith, and Charlie Chaplin. Steven Bach was senior vice president and head of worldwide production for United Artists at the time of the filming of Heaven's Gate, and apart from the director and producer, the only person to witness the film’s evolution from beginning to end. Combining wit, extraordinary anecdotes, and historical perspective, he has produced a landmark book on Hollywood and its people, and in so doing, tells a story of human absurdity that would have made Chaplin proud.

 

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Steven Bach was the senior vice-president and head of worldwide production for United Artists at the time of the filming of Heaven's Gate. He has been associated with such productions as Sleuth, The Parallax View, The Taking of Pelham One-Two-Three, and The French Lieutenant's Woman. Apart from the director and the producer, Bach was the only person to witness the evolution of Heaven's Gate from beginning to end. He now teaches film at Columbia University.
 
Published August 16, 1999 by Newmarket Press. 432 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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As a last resort, Bach contemplated the even more extreme option of firing him and replacing him with another director – this had recently happened on Jaws 2 (1978) – but after his Deer Hunter Oscar haul, sacking Cimino would be guaranteed PR suicide, banishing all hope of critical respect, which...

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After Robin Wood called Heaven’s Gate “among the supreme achievements of the Hollywood cinema” in 1986, the film has seen its share of apologists and defendants, culminating in the recent repertory screenings of Cimino’s full 216-minute cut of the film at the Venice and New York film festivals.

Nov 28 2012 | Read Full Review of Final Cut : Art, Money, and E...

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