During the long holiday weekend, the world of cinema lost two of its finest directors in the form of Robin Hardy and Michael Cimino.
British-born Robin Hardy passed away on July 1 at the age of 86 and is best known as the director of the classic 1970’s horror film The Wicker Man. After studying art in Paris, Hardy began directing films for the National Film Board of Canada before starting a career as a television director in the United States. In 1973, Hardy returned home to form a film company with Anthony Shaffer and Shaffer would write the script for The Wicker Man, inspired by the 1967 novel Ritual by David Pinner. The film gained a massive following and would inspire Hardy to write and direct a sequel of sorts, based on his own novel Cowboys for Christ, which was renamed The Wicker Tree, released in 2011.
New York-born Michael Cimino passed away at the age of 77 on July 2. Like Hardy, Cimino didn’t direct many films, but is best known for his 1978 film The Deer Hunter, starring Robert DeNiro and Christopher Walken. However, Cimino is also known for directing the very controversial Heaven’s Gate, which caused said controversy over its overbudget and nearly caused the end of United Artists. Cimino did go through a bit of a downward spiral in terms of his career’s financial status, but he was one never to give up and continued making films, including the 1985 film Year of the Dragon, 1990’s The Desperate Hours, making his final film in 2007 with a segment in No Translation Needed.
World Film Geek sends its condolences to the families of Robin Hardy and Michael Cimino. To pay homage, here are interviews with Robin Hardy on The Wicker Man courtesy of YouTube user HeyUGuysand Michael Cimino at the Locarno Film Festival in 2015 courtesy of the festival’s official YouTube channel.
Rest in Peace, Robin Hardy and Michael Cimino.