July 2, 2015

Talent is like a faucet, while it is open, one must write.
Jean Anouilh

"I know what I'm gonna do tomorrow, and the next day, and the next year, and the year after that."
— George Bailey (James Stewart), It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.
Victor Hugo

Heaven's Gate (1980) (part 8 of 13)
  • John Williams was the original composer attached to the film, but left the project when the film was half a year behind schedule and he had to start composing the music for both Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) immediately after that. One studio executive claimed that Ennio Morricone was also considered.
  • The rollerskating violinist is actually David Mansfield, the composer of the sound track.
  • Michael Cimino was reportedly such a perfectionist that by the fifth day of filming they were already four days behind schedule.
  • The James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only (1981) saved studio United Artists from fiscal ruin due to this movie's financial losses. At the time of that film's release, the studio was still reeling from the picture's massive losses, a notorious $40,000,000 bomb that was about to force UA to file bankruptcy. When the Bond film took in a worldwide gross of $194,900,000, the studio was saved and afterwards turned its focus toward blockbusters and less on personal films.
  • Property master Robert J. Visciglia Sr. contacted his old friend, director Sam Peckinpah, about doing second unit on the final battle sequence, not realizing the director had recently suffered a heart attack and was therefore medically unfit. Nonetheless, Peckinpah visited the set and met with Cimino, staying for four days.
  • The studio considered firing Michael Cimino and approached Norman Jewison to take over the project, but Jewison refused.

  • I think what motivates people is not great hate, but great love for other people.

  • A healthy (non-colorblind) human eye can distinguish between 500 shades of gray.
  • A syzygy occurs when three atronomical bodies line up.
  • Shakespeare invented the word “assassination” and “bump.”
  • Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day!
  • The Beetham Tower has 47 floors.

  • A woman was sitting on a windowsill on the 35th floor of a building. She was about to commit suicide. The police surrounded the bottom of the building telling her NOT to jump. Her husband was in the room with her and kept trying to stop her. She got nervous and fell, yet she did not get hurt, not even a scratch. Why?

    Benjamin Franklin
    “Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than kings and parliaments”

    "Sooner murder an infant in its cradle than nurse unacted desires"

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