I think it's about to get overrated since it used to be so underrated. The plot should be worked more with. Stunning cinematography. Favourite scene: When Huppert makes pie for Kristofferson. Somewhere between a 3 and 4, watching a great 35mm print probably made it a 4.
It didn't deserve its fate, but nothing can magic such leaden line-readings (and leaden lines) into a lost masterpiece. Cimino here cannot convincingly evoke the drama, or comedy, or romance, or vivid characters this Fordian epic aspires to. But ask him to film a plume of smoke, or a landscape, or a dance, or a killing, and you're in heaven. Drop him into the silent era, and he may have been one of the greats.
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."
The pacing of this film is really startling: The re appropriation of screen time to reflect atmosphere and environment rather than dramatic beats. Dialogue is essentially negligible; everything is geared toward a physical feeling of place and an understanding of people through ritual.
In 1890's farmer immigrants from Europe want to settle down in Wyoming. But this is pain in the ass of the cattle barons. Jim Averell, a lawyer, idealist and sheriff has to choose sides. Imagine: A country which is based on immigrants, rejects other immigrants, because of greed. Things started so good for Averell and ends-up with disillusion and violence. Overwhelming, beautiful; give it a try.
There are just a few films that keep me speechless and these film is one of those. Since Ford, i never saw a scene so well made (but you don't need to wait for the end to have that feeling of overflowing, because since the ball scene the camera is unstoppable, still always so thoroughly thought in every shot). The fight scene that show me that Cimino is a Ford sun is in "Straight Shooting" (the same spacial vision).
Cult movie one has to see once in his life. Incredible how Michael Cimino's left-wing ideas fit this unglorious episode of American history. When I see now the walls recently built along the US southern borders, I cannot but sadly smile; the immigrants of yesterday have become the landlords of today. I understand why Heaven's Gate was a lackluster. Recommended.
Una pellicola davvero splendida.Sin dall'inizio si avverte subito una totale immersione in uno stupendo clima da frontiera con paesaggi mozzafiato e personaggi perfettamente inseriti.Il ritmo della vicenda sale di pari passo con l'angoscia che suscita il tema affrontato ed il finale chiude alla grande il tutto.Forse gli americani non se lo meritavano un film così:onore a Cimino per il coraggio.
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.
How did i miss this? Where had it been? A mystical masterpiece full of love, longing, regret and sadness. Kristofferson and Walken give their all and blend perfectly into the wolrd. And what a world it is- it is truely one of the nicest looking films i've ever scene- a golden smokey haze. Cimino was given the keys to the heavens and came back with art in it's highest form. One of the best films I have ever seen 5/5
Heaven's Gate is at core an epic western that is truly in it's nature is ambitious, full of nostalgia, savage and violent survival, vast and beautiful landscape, communication with the people of the time, a movie that takes you on a journey. A true work of art from Cimino in my opinion.
Woe to that life which promised so much and delivered so little. A Western by accident. This is the story of a man's life in three chapters: enthusiasm, absurdity, and regret. For me, the masterpiece of Hollywood's genuine heir to Josef von Sternberg's film aesthetics.
In viewing Cimino's final cut of HEAVEN'S GATE, I find many of the novelistic analogies made about the film stand. It is loving towards its characters, pointedly liberal in its political observations, dense as fuck, and among the most visually ravishing films ever made. But the novel metaphor is a dual-edged sword - for if HEAVEN'S GATE were to take literary form it would be a particularly disorganized, unwieldy one.
neither the abject disaster its reputation suggests nor the unheralded masterpiece the contrarians would have you believe. it's gorgeously staged right down to the smallest detail, and it maintains the reverence for custom and ritual familiar to viewers of the first half of "the deer hunter." it's also prone to poor characterization, bad plotting and broad moralizing. walken and huppert are disappointingly miscast.