I'm not the only one with a thing for the editing. Donald Sutherland tells the Guardian about what made that sex scene in Don't Look Now so, well, sexy. Hint: it wasn't Julie Christie. OK, it wasn't JUST Julia Christie:

"About Don't Look Now, we shot that love scene in a room in the Bauer Grunwald early one morning with Nick Roeg and Tony Richmond operating two un-blimped Arriflex cameras and a bunch of wires going to the technicians on the other side of the closed door. An un-blimped Arri makes a noise like a huge sewing machine. Two of them operating together are deafening. Julie and I lay side by side on the bed, Nick yelled instructions. 'ZZZZZZZ Donald, kiss Julie's breast, ZZZZZZZZZZZ Julie, tilt your head back ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ Julie, come ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. That's how it was for about three hours. What made the scene wonderful to people was the editing.
He goes on to tell why, and he's right. But now I wonder when the sound editor gets his due.

Total Recall [, all the way down]

On WNYC this morning, Sara Fishko trained her typical I'm-lyrical-yet-significant gaze on Slavko Vorkapich, the Serbian experimental filmmaker who became the leading montage editor inearly Hollywood. He sought to create, not just a story, but "pure cinema," a rhythmic experience of light and sound. The frenetic "flying newspaper headline/oblique tight shot of typewriter keys" style he created became a ubiquitous cliche. Later on, as the head of USC's film school and through wildly popular lectures in the sixties, he turned a generation of filmmakers, cinematographers, and artists into his pure cinema groupies.

If WPS1 ever streams an archive tape of a Vorkapich lecture at MoMA, I'll let you know. In the mean time, Fishko's report, disguised as a tone poem, is on the WNYC site.

[via Greencine, which is a kinja of filmblogs all by itself] Brian Flemming posts about Walter Murch's blow-em-away lecture a couple of months ago at the LA Final Cut Pro Users Group. LAFCPUG has a writeup, too, and is selling the DVD of the presentation for $19.95. Well worth it, I'd bet.

From Flemming's notes, Murch covers much the same territory as his book, In the Blink of an Eye, which itself was born from a lecture series.

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