Hollywood Remembers 'The Deer Hunter' Director Michael Cimino
Edgar Wright, Jason Reitman and more fellow filmmakers pay tribute to the Oscar winner.
Michael Cimino, who won Oscars for director and best picture for the powerful 1978 Vietnam War drama The Deer Hunter, has died at age 77, Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux announced Saturday via Twitter.
Deer Hunter actor Robert De Niro remembered Cimino in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter: "Our work together is something I will always remember. He will be missed."
In a March 2015 interview with THR's Seth Abramovitch — perhaps the last one he ever did — Cimino described the audience reaction to The Deer Hunter when the film, which starred De Niro, Christopher Walken and John Cazale and collected five Oscars in all, opened in theaters.
"We had a screening and [his assistant] came running up to me and said, 'Michael, you've got to come quick, come quick to the lobby.'" he remembered. "I said, 'What's wrong?' And she said, 'Come with me.' And the ladies room was filled with women who were weeping and wailing and just broke down crying. There were ex-vets who literally crawled up the aisle out of their seat. It was just an astounding, astounding reaction."
I cannot believe Michael Cimino has passed away too. 'Thunderbolt & Lightfoot' is one of my favourite films. R.I.P. https://t.co/uh9JHIgAKy— Edgar Wright (@edgarwright) July 2, 2016
I wish I had paid tribute to Michael Cimino while he was alive.— William Friedkin (@WilliamFriedkin) July 2, 2016
He was an important and masterful film maker.
We will always have his work
RIP Michael Cimino. Many fond memories of watching "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot" with my dad on TBS on Sunday mornings.— Paul Rust (@paulrust) July 2, 2016
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot— Christopher McQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) July 2, 2016
The Deer Hunter
- Michael Cimino
May the rest of us do half as well.
Heavens Gate was the bravest swing for the fences. May we all be that bold when we turn on the camera. #MichaelCimino— Jason Reitman (@JasonReitman) July 3, 2016
HEAVEN'S GATE will forever be on my top 10 list of all time favorite films -- an astounding masterpiece. RIP #MichaelCimino— Mark Romanek (@markromanek) July 2, 2016
"One shot."— Jay Baruchel (@BaruchelNDG) July 3, 2016
RIP Michael Cimino. pic.twitter.com/LDsKOGjVIk