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The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film Paperback – October 5, 2004
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Someone once said, "Film editing is a wonderful arcane art, like
mosaics. I love to watch it being done, but editors hate to be
watched." Just as editors like to work away from the gaze of
would-be supervisors, we in the audience are often not aware of
the important the work of these people behind the scenes. How
many times have you seen a review comment on the editing, and
if it praise or belittles the way the film is cut, how often is the
responsible editor named? In his new book "The Conversations,"
author Michael Ondaatje has transcribed a series of talks with
Walter Murch, considered by many to be without peer in the
profession. The 59-year-old Renaissance man, as involved in
trying to prove the Titus-Bode theory on the spatial intervals
between planets and a translator of Italian poetry, has been
instrumental in creating the sounds and the cuts of films such as
"American Graffiti," "The Conversation," "The Godfather I,II, III,"
"Julia," "Apocalypse Now," and "The English Patient."
In introducing this seminal work on Walter Murch, Ondaatje
informs us that Murch, like other editors, is concerned with a
film's pace, of course, but even more with the moral tone of a work
which has to do with speed, background noise, even how the
antagonist may turn away from a conversation. Recall how many
films have the editor cut away from a character before he finishes
speaking. This could be because the editor encourages the
audience to think only about the face value of what the character
has said.Read more ›
This intriguing book also explores the dynamic relationship between film editing and writing, which means Ondaatje is in a unique position to provide insight into his own methods.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A really interesting meditation on editing and storytelling. I bought this expecting a more how-to book on editing. It is not that. It is very different than that. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rhonda
Absolutely wonderful book. Every film student should read this. If you are thrilled every time you see The Godfather, The Conversation, The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Read morePublished 11 months ago by A. Silver
This is a wonderful book -- five stars for insight, not only about movie editing but about how a brilliant craftsman uses his broader knowledge to enhance his work. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Steve
When you've got a great writer, Michael Ondaatje, and a compelling topic, movies, it's hard to miss. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Linda Leslie Johnson
Thanks to Michael Ondaatje and God bless his interlocutor) This book'd be very useful for those who works as an editor. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Katerina
Pricey and kinda boring. As an editor, I expected to enjoy this more.Published 24 months ago by Jamie
Of all the books I have ordered about film, film making, cameras, story telling, etc, etc this one was the best. I was sad when I finished. Read morePublished on May 9, 2013 by BdaSailor
both books from walter murch are great purchases, as a complement of in the blink of an eye will need to be in every film studentPublished on April 19, 2013 by Esteban Alzate
I'll be brief..
The book is half Walter Murch insights and half another guy (forget his name but a book writer's insight) - the book writer guy more prompts Walter into... Read more