Michael Cimino, Oscar-winning director of 'Heaven's Gate' and 'Deer Hunter,' dies at 77

July 3, 2016 3:53 AM

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Michael Cimino, a writer-director whose career saw the highs of winning two Oscars for his 1978 picture “The Deer Hunter” and the lows of 1980’s infamous “Heaven’s Gate,” has died in Los Angeles at age 77. The cause of death was not immediately known.

His career can be seen as a case study and cautionary fable, one of the ultimate tales from the now venerated era of 1970s Hollywood, in which bracing films of deep emotional currents were made with all the resources of major studios. “Heaven’s Gate,” rightly or not, would become symbolic of the sor...

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