“When I’m asked about my influences, instead of rolling out 20 filmmakers, I say Frank Lloyd Wright, [Edgar] Degas…[Gustav] Mahler.”

“You know, I never studied cinema. I never knew how to make a film, and I still don’t know.  I’m quite astonished that I made what I made. Because, as you must know, my background is architecture, painting, that’s where I come from. I’m much more intrigued by a good building than by a good movie. I’m much more interested in a big bridge or a great new novel or a great painting.When I’m asked about my influences, instead of rolling out 20 filmmakers, I say Frank Lloyd Wright, [Edgar] Degas…[Gustav] Mahler.”

— Michael Cimino, (1939-2016), Best Director & Best Picture Academy Awards for Deerhunter (1978), film, cinema, screenwriter, producer, author


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