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Films By Michael Epstein

In 1980, a $44-million movie flopped and took a major studio with it. [Heaven's Gate], was the epic western Michael Cimino made while drunk on the success of the Oscar-winning [The Deer Hunter]. As the director's budget blew out to five times that of a regular Hollywood blockbuster, chaos took its ... Read more
On December 10, 1938 David O. Selznick burned down Atlanta. On the back lot of his Culver City studio, Selznick had just begun shooting what was to be one ot the greatest, most lavish films of the golden age of Hollywood, Gone With the Wind. As the flames roared, phones at the local precincts rang ... Read more
"New York became a part of who John and I were. We couldn't have existed the same way anywhere else." - Yoko Ono ... Just when you thought nothing new could be said or seen of John Lennon, Michael Epstein comes along with a fresh, eye-opening look at the final decade of Lennon's life following his ... Read more
When Martin Scorsese presented Elia Kazan with a Lifetime Achievement Oscar in 1999, it generated tremendous worldwide controversy—not because of Kazan's acclaimed body of work, which includes On the Waterfront and A Streetcar Named Desire, but for 'naming names' during the infamous McCarthy ... Read more
Two outsized Americans fought the battle for Citizen Kane William Randolph Hearst, 77-year-old newspaper baron, perched in a Californian castle with his concubine, Marion Davies, and Orson Welles, a 24-year-old boy wonder of the theatre, in Hollywood with a contract to make his first movie. In ... Read more
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