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Book Title: Final Cut: Dreams and Disaster in the Making of Heaven's Gate|
The author of the book: Steven Bach
ISBN 13: 9780688043827
Edition: William Morrow & Company
Date of issue: January 1st 1985
Format files: PDF
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A long look at the chaotic making of Heaven's Gate and the downfall of a Hollywood studio, Stephen Bach's Final Cut is absorbing, detailed and messy. After all, the downfall of United Artists is often blamed on the singular failure of Gate, but as Bach's book shows, there was a lot more it than just that.
The book offers several points where had UA acted differently, they might still be in business. They range from everything from the unique contract they gave Gate writer and director Michael Cimino to a string of executives leaving the company to a number of risky but high-yield bets failing on them. They weren't just gambling on Gate being a success: they were hoping it'd be part of a number of successful movies. And nothing quite panned out.
But maybe it wouldn't have made a difference if these pictures did get made and were successful. UA, as Bach paints it, was a chaotic organization, headed by a CEO who didn't inspire his underlings and was marred by in-fighting between executives, who constantly complained about being undercut and conspired against. It's sometimes hard to keep track of who's who in Final Cut because so many people quit, get fired or just change jobs.
Those coming to Final Cut looking for a detailed look at the making of Gate will be a little disappointed. It's a book about how one of the major players in Hollywood fell apart and was sold. It's not a behind-the-scenes look at a movie, although it does have the occasional glance, like Cimino banning people from the set, working long hours and shooting millions of feet of film and relentlessly battling executives over his schedule and budget.
All in all, Final Cut is a fascinating look at the inner workings of a movie company: how it interacts with the bosses, with directors and producers and how, in so many words, the sausage gets made. Recommended for film fans.
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Read information about the authorSteven Bach was senior vice-president and head of worldwide productions for United Artists studios. In Final Cut: Dreams And Disaster in the Making of Heaven's Gate (1985), Bach chronicles his involvement in the troubled production of Heaven's Gate (1980), a film widely considered to have been the decisive reason for the financial bankruptcy of United Artists.
Bach is the author of The Life and Legend of Marlene Dietrich and Dazzler: The Life and Times of Moss Hart. He taught film studies at Columbia University and Bennington College.
His biography of the Nazi-associated filmmaker Leni: The Life and Work of Leni Riefenstahl (2007) overturns many of the claims Riefenstahl put forward in her self-defence regarding her contact with Hitler's regime, and was named by the New York Times as one of the most notable books of 2007.
Bach died of cancer in March of 2009. He is survived by his companion, Werner Röhr.