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I earnestly believe (as well as numerous others) that Heaven’s Gate marked the end of personalised filmmaking in American cinema. The repercussions of that prodigious flop is still conspicuous across the industry today, and it is a real shame. Prior to Cimino’s ambitious and consequential film, filmmakers in large to moderate funded American projects were given a greater deal of – what I see as – artistic creativity.
Producers were less invasive on set and studio interference was much more infrequent. Two of America’s most prominent filmmakers, Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, have personally subscribed to this notion, saying they were given much more flexibility in their 70s projects as opposed to those they worked on a decade later.
This is partially why Scorsese distanced himself away from large-scale projects in the 80s and worked on smaller pieces, whereas Coppola was working off the disastrous ramifications of One from the Heart. Woody Allen, too, was forced to reshape his focuses, as well as various other filmmakers.
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