Critic's Notebook: Michael Cimino, a Comet that Blazed Brightly, Briefly

July 3, 2016 6:01 AM

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Critic's Notebook: Michael Cimino, a Comet that Blazed Brightly, Briefly

The writer-director of 'The Deer Hunter' and 'Heaven's Gate' hit a dazzling early career peak before his long decline into elusive, reclusive, eccentric behavior.

Beyond a certain level, blazing early success can cause more damage than failure. And so it arguably proved with Michael Cimino, a former leading light of the New Hollywood "movie brat" generation, who died Saturday at 77. A sometime novelist and thwarted architect who often expressed regret about h...

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