Anecdote from the making of Heaven’s Gate

May 11, 2014 at the Grand Action in Paris, Isabelle Huppert and Vilmos Zsigmond came to present Heaven’s Gate.

Pierre Filmon, the moderator, asked, “What was the hardest and easiest part of making this movie?”

Vilmos had this to say:

There was a day that was very tough for Isabelle, because she had to be in the water.  It was Montana, and the water was very cold.

By the time that scene was shot, it was lunchtime.

Much to his surprise, Michael Cimino had organized a small, private lunch, in a secluded spot, under some trees.

It was just the three of them: Cimino, Vilmos, and Isabelle.

Vilmos turned to Isabelle, with a glimmer in his eye and said, “It was chicken, wasn’t it?”

His words were wistful.

She smiled back at him.

She said it was.

Then Vilmos confided that this was the best shooting day he can recall in his entire career.  Having this lunch together under that tree.

He added that it was longer than one hour, and they got a little behind that day.

But it was wonderful.

About kartiksingh

I have been living in Paris, France since 1996. I was born to Sikh parents who immigrated to the USA. I grew up outside of Kansas City, and at 18 went to Washington DC with the intention of becoming a diplomat. Five years later, I arrived in Paris and found my life purpose: to make films that bring hope, insight, and inspiration to the world. My debut feature film Callback premieres in September 2010 in New York. For more details on where you can see my films, look for me at
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