A breathtaking depiction of the promise and perils of America’s western expansion, Heaven’s Gate is among Hollywood’s most ambitious and unorthodox epics. When a Harvard graduate relocates to Wyoming as a federal marshal, he learns of a plot to kill the area’s European settlers for their land.
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Top Ten countdown – #1 "It's getting dangerous to be poor in this country." The USA's national epic; its own internal heart of darkness. Cimino's obsessively shot and detailed western offers a somber exploration of the ideology of violence that Lady Columbia marched into the West. Unleashing the full potential of film formalism to create a profound melancholic indictment of the failures of "God's chosen nation."
Magnificent. Just be sure to see the full 3 hour, 48 minute version, not one of the chopped-up butchered cuts. The distributors who butchered this film, not Cimino, are responsible for the ruination of the venerable film company started by Griffith, Chaplin, Pickford and Fairbanks.
Cimino's epic Western never stood a chance as the critics were gunning for him even before the film was released. Stories of a spiralling budget, being way behind schedule and out of control filtered out from the shoot and critics who felt they had over praised his previous film The Deer Hunter began to sharpen their pencils. Ignore all the brickbats: he delivered a timeless masterpiece. A magnificent piece of work..
In the 80s, people laughed at Cimino's movie, and said that it had too much dirtyness. Today, we laugh of that people and their prejudices, which helped to ruin a great filmmaker. A unique masterpiece in the History of Cinema, an epic like no other, a deconstruction of the USA past with energy, poetry and beautiful shots. A movie bigger than life, that I immediatly wanted to rewatch after the screening ended.