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Final Cut: Dreams and Disaster in the Making of Heaven's Gate Hardcover – Jun 1985


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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co; 1 edition (Jun. 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688043828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688043827
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At the time of filming Heaven's Gate Steven Bach was the senior vice-president and head of worldwide production for United Artists. He has been associated with such productions as Sleuth, Parallax View, The Taking of Pelham One-Two-Three and The French Lieutenants Woman. He is the author of Marlene Dietrich and divides his time between Los Angeles and Munich --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Wilkie on 14 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I can happily say that you will not be disappointed in this book if you are looking for:
1. a well written account from a man at the heart of United Artists at the time events unfolded.
2. a gripping story of inflated ego in Hollywood told with just the right amount of detail i.e. a lot but none of it superfluous
3. laugh of loud moments
4. a book to share with friends and enjoy owning.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Bretherton on 15 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
For anyone interested in an insight into egomania in the movie-making business. This is the fascinating true story of how a product takes on a life of its own and ruins the reputations of virtually everyone associated with its making. Told in riveting detail and objectively so, the characters come to life on every page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mister Ewan on 19 Mar. 2013
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This is a big read. I confess to skipping over a few chapters, not sure why the author needed to include a history of the West and the Johnston County War as well as vaguely relevant scenery on the state of Hollywood in the 70s. But the insider view of the Hollywood system, the days of the Director as King and United Artists' desire to be different is a fascinating, if now so alien, peek at a time where film-making and filmmakers seemed so bold and daring. I think the author does skip over his naivety a bit, but his account of the premiere of Heaven's Gate in particular is heartfelt and well written.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gypsy Davey on 8 Oct. 2011
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I have always been fascinated by all the controversy and publicity (negative and otherwise) that has surrounded "Heaven's Gate" but had never actually seen the movie. I rectified this about a year ago when I watched the 219 minute version, and I have to confess to being slightly underwhelmed. However, my fascination remained and I decided to buy Steven Bach's book after reading the reviews on Amazon. I have subsequently read the book and I have to say that it is one of the finest pieces of objective reporting that I have ever encountered. Bach lived with the project for more than two years and was intimately connected with all the major players. His account of who, what, where, why and when is totally absorbing as he meticulously details the bloated excess and profligate waste that eventually brought Cimino's "epic" to the screen. To his credit, he at no time lays blame or points fingers, and attests right to the end that it was always Cimino's intention to make a masterpiece - whether he did or not will remain in the eye of the beholder.

There is a wealth of detail in Bach's book, and he relates his story with a reserved and dignified pragmatism that is to be admired when one considers that the whole debacle ultimately cost him his job. I would unreservedly recommend this book to anybody with an interest in the film industry, and certainly to those with an interest in the making and critical reception of "Heaven's Gate", a film that I intend to watch again to see if my opinion changes.

Excellent work Mr. Bach!
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