Michael Cimino

Defending the Indefensible: 70s Auteur Flops

As the 1970s came to a close, many of the best filmmakers of the past century nearly had their careers ruined as studios asserted more control over them during the emergence of blockbuster cinema. Here we take a look at some of those special cases: Scorsese's New York New York, Friedkin's Sorcerer, Spielberg's 1941, Cimino's Heaven's Gate, Altman's Popeye, and Coppola's One from the Heart.

The New Old: Robbin’ and Stealin’

This week's archival home entertainment column looks back at Michael Cimino's infamous box office flop Heaven's Gate, the strangely forgotten about Steven Spielberg hit Catch Me If You Can, and the classic noir The Postman Always Rings Twice.