The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film

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A&C Black, Jan 1, 2002 - Motion picture editors - 339 pages
Michael Ondaatje first met veteran editor Walter Murch during the filming of his novel The English Patient, and he became fascinated as he watched him at work, pulling together the strands of the film seamlessly. 'The conversations' grew out of discussions between the two men about the craft of filmmaking and deals with every aspect of film, from the first stage of script writing to the final stage of the sound mix. Walter Murch emerged during the 1960s at the centre of a renaissance of American filmmakers which included the directors Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas and Fred Zinnemann. He worked on many iconic films including the three Godfather films, American Graffiti, Apocalypse Now, The Unbearable Lightness of Being and others. Articulate, intellectual, humorous and passionate about his craft and its devices, Murch explains how films are made, how they work, how they go wrong and how they can be saved.
 

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A must-read for anyone even remotely interested in film production. The discussions with Murch, a veteran picture and sound editor, not only provide interesting behind-the-scenes anecdotes about ... Read full review

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A consistently thought-provoking conversation between two great artists, both undoubtedly in love with the moving image. It uses film editing as a starting point for an original disquisition on the ... Read full review

Contents

FIRST CONVERSATION
3
SECOND CONVERSATION
87
THIRD CONVERSATION
151
FOURTH CONVERSATION
201
LAST CONVERSATION
279
MISCELLANY
313
Murch and the Movies
314
Acknowledgements
319
Photo Credits
321
Index
325
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