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Ralph Rosenblum’s credentials include six Woody Allen films, as well as The Pawnbroker, The Producers, and Goodbye, Columbus.Robert Karen is a journalist. Robert Karenis a journalist.
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  • Series: Da Capo Paperback
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (August 22, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306802724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306802720
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Stamper VINE VOICE on August 6, 2000
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Rosenblum edited feature films from the late 50s until early 80s, and is most noted for his collaborative efforts with Woody Allen in the 1970s. But his most interesting stories in the book are from a decade earlier when he was still experimenting. Though, I have only seen about half of the movies Rosenblum writes of, it makes the stories no less fascinating.
Rosenblum's major accomplishment in the book is to shed light on the importance of the film editor in motion pictures. He's not wrong in stating that their efforts have been largely ignored by critics and the public at large. What's interesting is that the editor as an influence in film is rarely even discussed by film critics and historians. It's probably because people are largely unsure of what an editor's true contributions are to any one motion picture.
Through the course of the book, Rosenblum takes apart THE RAID ON MINSKY'S, THE PAWNBROKER, and ANNIE HALL in depth. He also gives examples of how much an initial cut of a film can differ from the final cut.
I found the book quite informative, and learned more about film editing than I had expected.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dave Millman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 22, 2001
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This is a fascinating look inside filmmaking. Most of the examples are from the 1960s and 1970s, but that does not lessen the impact or relevance.

The author is a master of the film editing craft. He also writes with insight and emotion. As you read, you'll learn how a film is "cut", how a film evolves, and what makes a film "work."

This book deserves a place in the bookcase of any student of the filmmaking art or craft.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By olingerstories on November 10, 2008
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A fun read, the book could be re-titled, THE CREATING OF ANNIE HALL. Robenblum explains how the Allen's icon of the 70s changed in the editing room from clutter to the paradigm of the modern romance/comedy. Other Allen movies are discussed in detail and the craft of editing is laid out between the lines.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dane on October 8, 2011
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What a great book, but print way too small. OUCH. I would love to read it but.....WHY did they do this? Oh well, you try. Great book
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The section on the editing of "Annie Hall" is worth the price if you love that movie. I never understood the artistry of the film editing process. Sometimes left alone to stitch together a movie, sometimes under the thumb of a director's vision, sometimes a collaborator with the director (who knew Woody Allen could be so open to other people's ideas?)--the editor needs amazing technical knowledge, the gift of storytelling, and the personality of a diplomat. I was particularly fascinated by the evolution of editing from showing the origin of every action (the door opens, the character walks into the room, etc.) to quick cutting from one scene to the other--a skill that the audience was able to master easily and follow the story without all the connective tissue. An excellent introduction to the behind-the-scenes process of movie making.
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I had seen almost all of Ralph Rosenblum's movies and with this book I got the back story. In was very informative. Here you get a good look at the working methods of people such as Mel Brooks and Woody Allen. It was worth it just for the story about the making of Annie Hall. Recommend for all American film buffs.
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This book is an excellent source for anyone wanting to know what goes into the art of movie making. And the fact that many films weren't even usable...until the editors got to them and turned them into magical works of art. Great and fascinating read.
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By Don on August 29, 2013
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Great read peppered with stoires from the film culture; very entertaining and enlightening. Recommended for anyone who is considering producing film or getting involved in the business.
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