July 4, 2015

To be happy we must not be too concerned with others.
Albert Camus

"I trust I make myself obscure."
— Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield), A Man for All Seasons (1966)

Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.
Erma Bombeck

Heaven's Gate (1980) (part 10 of 13)
  • The Harvard scenes were shot at Oxford after Harvard denied permission to film on their grounds. They were the last scenes to be filmed, and Cimino was warned that he wouldn't be allowed to complete them unless he stayed on time and on budget every day of shooting.
  • The film's original title was "The Johnson County War" and the first versions of its screenplay under this working title went back as far as almost a decade prior to when the film was actually made.
  • Harvard Class orations and poems recited were from Charles Edward Grinnell (1862), Frank Sumner Wheeler (1872), James Holden Young (1872) and Andrew Peabody (1874).
  • The picture, first known as "The Johnson County War", was turned down by all the major studios until United Artists green-lighted the project after director Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter (1978) won 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture.
  • Also as part of its "second coming', the restored version of the movie was also screened at both the prestigious Venice and New York film festivals in 2012.
  • Had Heaven's Gate (1980) been a hit instead of a flop, Michael Cimino intended to follow it up with another epic which he had already scripted: "Conquering Horse." Based on Frederick Manfred's novel, the screenplay was a generational saga, tracing the history of the Sioux Indians in America. Cimino planned for the entire movie to be told in authentic Sioux dialogue, with English subtitles. The picture has never been filmed.

  • "A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others."
    Ayn Rand

  • Dr. Seuss coined the word nerd in his 1950 book “If I Ran The Zoo.”
  • A word or sentence that is the same front and back (racecar, kayak) is called a “palindrome”.
  • Abraham Lincoln’s ghost is said to haunt the White House.
  • Greenland is the largest island in the world.
  • The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Libraries.

  • Two bankrobbers rob the local bank. They then hop in their car and scurry off to their hideout 20 miles away. When they get there they realize that one of their tires had been completely flat the whole time. How did they get to their hideout without noticing?

    Illusion is the first of all pleasures.

    “Happily there exists more than one kind of beauty. There is the beauty of infancy, the beauty of youth; the beauty of maturity, and, believe me, ladies and gentlemen, the beauty of age.”

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