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“Le Canardeur”, Cimino’s baptism of fire

“Le Canardeur”, Cimino’s baptism of fire

This is the first film by Michael Cimino, a young screenwriter who had a great future at the time. In 1974, Clint Eastwood received the script for “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot” (literally “Coup de tonnerre et Pied-léger”, the French title “le Canardeur” is downright stupid). The actor is then at the top of his career, he is Inspector Harry, and he is considered to be a candidate for the presidency of the United States (which is false). The two men have already worked together, notably on the plot of “Magnum Force”. In addition, road movies are on the rise – the incredible success of “Easy Rider” has aroused the appetite of producers. Eastwood, who likes nothing so much as economy of means (he refuses to do more than three takes), gets on well with Cimino, a former architecture student.

A reputation as a tortured, narcissistic, and intermittently brilliant character

This odyssey of two crooks who go from town to town pleases the star, who likes to give young people a chance: they are faster, less demanding and often exciting. This is the case for Cimino. Subjected to severe pressure by the presence of Eastwood (actor and producer of the film), he surpasses himself and, in addition, obtains a beautiful interpretation of Jeff Bridges. Which will annoy Eastwood, who will feel like he has less screen presence than the latter (Jeff Bridges will be nominated for the Oscars, not Clint). When the film came out, it was successful: it was a classic thriller, with a normal length (109 minutes), perfectly mastered.

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It will be Cimino’s last film fulfilling all these conditions. His second film, “Journey to the End of Hell”, will have a variable duration and will suffer the wrath of some critics who will see it as a violently racist work. The following achievements of Cimino will be less successful: “The Gate of Paradise” will become legendary for its excesses and its incompleteness and “The Year of the Dragon” will sin by imbalance of the scenario. As for the other films, “The Sicilian”, “The House of Hostages” and “The Sunchaser”, they will all be disappointing. Curious career, in truth: Cimino upset American cinema, very quickly got bogged down and disappeared. He died in 2016 at the age of 77, leaving behind a reputation as a tortured, narcissistic and quirkily brilliant character. “Le Canardeur” remains one of his best films.

Friday, December 23 at 10:45 p.m. on TCM Cinéma. American detective film by Michael Cimino (1974). Starring Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges. 1h49. (Multicast and On Demand).

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