04 July 2016 Current Affairs: Michael Cimino, the director of the Vietnam War classic The Deer Hunter, died on 2 July 2016 at his Los Angeles home. He was 77.
Cimino was best known for directing, producing and co-writing the 1978 Academy Award-winning film The Deer Hunter. The film won five Oscars, including Best Director and Best Picture for Cimino.
He was also remembered for writing and directing Heaven's Gate, which proved to be a financial failure.
Michael Cimino : He directed eight films, starting in 1974 with crime movie Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, for which he also wrote the screenplay.
Other films directed by him includes
a) The Deer Hunter (1978)
b) The Rose (1979)
c) Heaven’s Gate (1980), the film was based on the Wyoming Johnson County war of 1889-93
d) The Dogs of War (1981)
e) Year of the Dragon (1985)
f) The Sicilian (1986), which was adapted from a novel by Godfather author Mario Puzo.
g) Desperate Hours (1990)
h) Sunchaser (1996)
In 2001, he published his only novel, BIG Jane. The book narrated the story of the 1950s and the Korean War.