Magazine August 1, 2016, Issue

Dog Days

Isabelle Huppert and Kris Kristofferson in Heaven’s Gate (United Artists)

Michael Cimino, who died recently at 77, was often cited (and is now eulogized) as the man whose hubris singlehandedly ended the age of the auteur. This was an overstatement — there were deep forces at work, as ever, in the transition from the years of Coppola and Scorsese to the years of Jerry Bruckheimer. But Cimino’s famous studio-bankrupting turkey, Heaven’s Gate, really was a kind of Gladwellian tipping point, a hinge from the cinema of the ’70s into a very different world.

In our own era of tentpoles and sequels and reboots and endless “pre-sold” properties, I’ve often wondered what

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