69th Venice International Film Festival
Director: Alberto Barbera
A visionary critique of American expansionism, Heaven’s Gate, directed by Academy Award-winner Michael Cimino, is among Hollywood’s most ambitious and unorthodox epics. Kris Kristofferson brings his weathered sensuality to the role of a Harvard graduate who has relocated all the way to Wyoming as a federal marshal; there, he learns of a government-sanctioned plot by rich cattle barons to kill the area’s European settlers for their land. The resulting skirmish is based on the real-life bloody Johnson County War of 1892. Also starring Isabelle Huppert and Christopher Walken, Heaven’s Gate is a savage and ravishingly shot demystifi cation of western movie lore. This is the director’s fi nal cut, letting viewers today see Cimino’s potent original vision.
language: English - s/t Italian
Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, John Hurt
Heaven’s Gate was originally released in a 219 minute version in 1980 in a small number of 70mm prints, then cut down to a 149 minute version that received a wider theatrical release in 1981. Because the original negative had been cut to make the shorter version, it could not serve as the basis for the restoration for the long version. Fortunately, YCM color separations had been made from the negative before it was cut, making it possible to reproduce the longer version in its original color by recombining the 2K scans of each of these separations. Using these scans, Michael Cimino created this 216 minute version, removing the intermission card and music, as well as making some scene trims. The soundtrack was restored from a 6-track magnetic mix. All color correction as well as picture and audio restoration was performed under the direct supervision of Michael Cimino.