Heaven’s Gate (1980): Minute by Minute: Part 29

5 Aug

Delve into a mind unhinged. Not Abbott, no. We are talking about Cimino. Here is part 29 of Simon’s 229 part review of Heavens gate

29 of 229

There’s a conversation going on between James and an old friend of his, but it’s mostly inaudible. Something about a driving coach… a woman is going to hang… head west… someone else is dead… I doubt the audio for this scene was recorded with microphones, but rather four shaving brushes, yarn and an egg whisk. Innovative, but hardly a crisp sound reproduction. I find if you’re going to create sound recording devices on the fly, it’s best to use good quality yarn. It sounds like Cimino has used inferior thread, possibly from a loose hem or button. Why didn’t the sound guy speak up and insist on using a microphone? The rumour is that Christopher Walken shot him with a rifle to get in character. Method actors, hey – gotta respect their process, but it’s the sound that inevitably suffers.

Simon Godfrey

(see the rest by clicking the link at the top)

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