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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the Best Hollywood Books Ever, 12. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Final Cut: Art, Money, and Ego in the Making of Heaven's Gate, the Film that Sank United Artists (Taschenbuch)
This book, first published in the 1980s, is a classic textbook example of why Hollywood so often pours tens of millions of dollars into projects that ultimately go haywire. In this book, Bach, who as production head had information and sources only an insider could have, shows how a director, Michael Cimino, was given a virtual blank check on making a film United Artists hoped would duplicate the success of his Oscar-winning film, "The Deer Hunter." This new project was based on a script Cimino had written, called "The Johnson County War." It was based on an obscure event in 19th century Wyoming, but the moguls were impressed enough with the script to go forward with it.
It wasn't long, though, before the project went awry. Bach provides the reader with many, many reasons why this was so. There was plenty of blame to go around, though certainly director Cimino deserves a large share of the blame. He reminds the reader of another self-destructive director, Erich von Stroheim, in that he couldn't stay within a budget and was obsessed with detail. Millions and millions of dollars were thrown into this project, now called "Heaven's Gate." By the time the film was released in 1980, it had become the biggest bomb in Hollywood since the 1963 flop "Cleopatra." It helped sink United Artists. Not surprisingly, Cimino has yet to duplicate the success of "The Deer Hunter."
Bach is an excellent writer, and the book makes one almost nostalgic for the days of the old studio system of pre-1960s Hollywood.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Couldn't put it down - compelling story still relevant, 26. Oktober 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Final Cut: Art, Money, and Ego in the Making of Heaven's Gate, the Film that Sank United Artists (Taschenbuch)
Steven Bach's account of the "Heaven's Gate" fiasco has never been more relevant than now. With weed-like conglomerate corporate growth each day and the Dilbert-like stupidity spawned in most corporate environments, this book should serve as a lesson to many of us.
His compelling story of divided responsibility, group thinking and diluted control goes a long way to explaining the excesses of Cimino and the movie.
Bach writes beautifully and directly. He covers the machinations of the story from the corporate side only. I wished for more of the on-the-set stories - the book would have been improved with a few chapters by someone who witnessed the on-set story. One hilarious on-set story I heard about "Heaven's Gate" before reading this book described how the director needed more space in the street and wanted sets on both sides of the street destroyed and rebuilt 6 feet back. Someone suggested destroying and rebuilding one side only, 12 feet back, and saving half the cost. Cimino told him that it wouldn't have the same feel, and they commenced destroying and rebuilding the entire set! Although these sorts of on-set anecdotes aren't in the book, many other incredibly good ones from the management side are there.
The book describes the history of UA, the history of the skirmish the movie is based on, and the entire before, during and after of the film's development from the viewpoint of Transamerica and UA.
I read it cover to cover in just a few days, and laughed often. A great book!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Nice book but was this edited by Cimino?, 1. August 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Final Cut: Art, Money, and Ego in the Making of Heaven's Gate, the Film that Sank United Artists (Taschenbuch)
Without question this book gives you an insider's look at Hollywood and how movies are made. Unfortunately, the editing of this book is virtually nonexistent. It could easily have been called, "A History of United Artists". That dates back to the 20s and therefore you must invest about 100 pages before you get to the story of Heaven's Gate.
But once you get to the Heaven's Gate section, the old story of Hollywood excess, greed and ego takes over. Cimino may take the prize for egos and that's saying a lot.
I enjoyed this book and bought it for the historical significance it has in modern Hollywood history. I was not disappointed but be prepared for a long read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Mother of all Hollywood Insider Books, 14. August 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Final Cut: Art, Money, and Ego in the Making of Heaven's Gate, the Film that Sank United Artists (Taschenbuch)
This is the first and still by far one of the best insider books ever written about the Hollywood studio system, and the ugly battle that takes place behinde the facade.
Steven Bach tells the story of the new Wünderboy Michael Cimino, that won Oscars and what have you for is breakthrough film "Deer Hunter". And Bach tells what happens when there's no one controling the action anymore. Murphy's Law: Everything that can go wrong will go wrong, and for "Heaven's Gate" it most curtainly did. Read this book, and trust me you'll enjoy every moment of it. . .
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The mother of all Hollywood Insider Books, 31. Mai 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Final Cut: Art, Money, and Ego in the Making of Heaven's Gate, the Film that Sank United Artists (Taschenbuch)
This is the first and still by far one of the best insider books ever written about the Hollywood studio system, and the ugly battle that takes place behinde the facade. Steven Bach tells the story of the new Wünderboy Michael Cimino, that won Oscars and what have you for is breakthrough film "Deer Hunter". And Bach tells what happens when there's no one controling the action anymore. Murphy's Law: Everything that can go wrong will go wrong, and for "Heaven's Gate" it most curtainly did. Read this book, and trust me you'll enjoy every moment of it. . .
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4.0 von 5 Sternen studio vs. artist-no winners here, 30. März 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Final Cut: Art, Money, and Ego in the Making of Heaven's Gate, the Film that Sank United Artists (Taschenbuch)
This book offers the reader a snapshot of the worst excesses of moviemaking, in a rather dated way. There seemed to be no winners in the making of Heaven's Gate, not the artist who's arrogance destroyed his own picture, or the weak studio execs who could not contain him. I was amazed at how far things got out of hand! I would like to have had a more rounded perspective on the events surrounding the picture, but Bach does a pretty decent job of describing things from his own. Recommended.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A perceptive retelling of a financial and creative nightmare, 3. September 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Final Cut: Art, Money, and Ego in the Making of Heaven's Gate, the Film that Sank United Artists (Taschenbuch)
It's fascinating to read this book with the inevitable hind-sight, and yet appreciate that these people were trying to create a truly wonderful film. The reader is able to identify all the pieces of the machine that eventually destroys United Artists and many careers along with it.
Highly recommend - especially for anyone looking for a career in film. It's a rare chance to see the plans, building, launching and subsequent sinking of the cinematic Titanic.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A BOOK SUITABLE FOR FANS OF ISABELE HUPPERT?, 15. Dezember 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Final Cut: Art, Money, and Ego in the Making of Heaven's Gate, the Film that Sank United Artists (Taschenbuch)
** Author Bach compares the female star of "HEAVEN'S GATE" to the Pillsbury DoughBoy.
** Some mistake surely?
** Huppert is worth 1,000 of any current film actresses.
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