Final Cut: Art, Money, and Ego in the Making of Heaven's Gate, the Film that Sank United Artists

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Newmarket Press, Aug 16, 1999 - Performing Arts - 432 pages
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Heaven's Gate is probably the most discussed, least seen film in modern movie history. Its notoriety is so great that its title has become a generic term for disaster, for ego run rampant, for epic mismanagement, for wanton extravagance. It was also the film that brought down one of Hollywood’s major studios—United Artists, the company founded in 1919 by Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, D. W. Griffith, and Charlie Chaplin. Steven Bach was senior vice president and head of worldwide production for United Artists at the time of the filming of Heaven's Gate, and apart from the director and producer, the only person to witness the film’s evolution from beginning to end. Combining wit, extraordinary anecdotes, and historical perspective, he has produced a landmark book on Hollywood and its people, and in so doing, tells a story of human absurdity that would have made Chaplin proud.

  

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Review: Final Cut: Art, Money, and Ego in the Making of Heaven's Gate, the Film that Sank United Artists

User Review  - Jo March - Goodreads

I expected this book to be a blow by blow account of the filming of Heaven's Gate but it deals more the story of the management of United Artists the company which financed the production. Though it ... Read full review

Review: Final Cut: Art, Money, and Ego in the Making of Heaven's Gate, the Film that Sank United Artists

User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

Unique amongst books I have read about cinema, this executive's view of the industry - and a particularly notable episode in its history - is fascinating. Bach was clearly an extremely intelligent and ... Read full review

Contents

What Price
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MOVIE PEOPLE
28
TALENT
43
STYLE
61
AGENDAS
80
CHAPTER s OBLIGATORY SCENES
96
DEALING
121
PROPERTY
138
CHAPTER is SWITCHBLADES
281
HEADHUNTING
300
HEAD TO HEAD
317
STARTING OVER
325
PICTURE
337
PREMIERE
353
BLOODBATH
376
BUSINESS AS USUAL
388

NERVOUS SYSTEMS
156
THE FIRST SHOWDOWN
174
AVALANCHE
197
ACCOMPLICES
213
ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH
233
ROCKY MOUNTAIN LOW
260
GIFT WRAP
402
STRINGS
411
EPILOGUE END CREDITS
418
Index
422
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Steven Bach was the senior vice-president and head of worldwide production for United Artists at the time of the filming of Heaven's Gate. He has been associated with such productions as Sleuth, The Parallax View, The Taking of Pelham One-Two-Three, and The French Lieutenant's Woman. Apart from the director and the producer, Bach was the only person to witness the evolution of Heaven's Gate from beginning to end. He now teaches film at Columbia University.

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