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Conversations : Walter Murch and Art of Editing Film

Conversations : Walter Murch and Art of Editing Film - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0375709821

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ISBN13: 978-0375709821
ISBN10: 0375709827
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Alfrd A. Knopf, Inc.
Published: 2004
International: No

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Conversations : Walter Murch and Art of Editing Film - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0375709821

Michael Ondaatje

ISBN13: 978-0375709821
ISBN10: 0375709827
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Alfrd A. Knopf, Inc.

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

The Conversations is a treasure, essential for any lover or student of film, and a rare, intimate glimpse into the worlds of two accomplished artists who share a great passion for film and storytelling, and whose knowledge and love of the crafts of writing and film shine through.

It was on the set of the movie adaptation of his Booker Prize-winning novel, The English Patient, that Michael Ondaatje met the master film and sound editor Walter Murch, and the two began a remarkable personal conversation about the making of films and books in our time that continued over two years. From those conversations stemmed this enlightened, affectionate book -- a mine of wonderful, surprising observations and information about editing, writing and literature, music and sound, the I-Ching, dreams, art and history.

The Conversations is filled with stories about how some of the most important movies of the last thirty years were made and about the people who brought them to the screen. It traces the artistic growth of Murch, as well as his friends and contemporaries -- including directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Fred Zinneman and Anthony Minghella -- from the creation of the independent, anti-Hollywood Zoetrope by a handful of brilliant, bearded young men to the recent triumph of Apocalypse Now Redux.

Table of Contents

First Conversation
Humble Sounds
High School Confidential
"Strange Like Me"
Influences
Directors and Editors
Eyes Half Closed
There Is Only One First Time
The Dark Ages
"I'm not going to mix the picture upside down!"
Apocalypse Then and Now
Burning Celluloid
Brando
Willard's Gaze
On Editing Actors
The New Scenes
The Dead French
Apocalypse Now Redux
Second Conversation
The Right Time for the Invention of the Wheel
Murder Music
Five Types of Ambiguity
Two Rumours
Devil's Work
Watch How They Say It
"Ka-lunk"
Novels and Films-The Redundant Abundance
The Tragedy-of-Job Moments
"Wideo"
The Non-Film Way of Living
Third Conversation
Editing The Conversation
The Invisible Partner
The Minor Key
What's Under the Hands?
"Night Was Night": Re-editing Touch of Evil
"As if Orson was sending us notes"
The Wrong Echo
The Most Characteristic Angle
Fourth Conversation
Influences
Negative Twenty Questions
Enforced Idleness
Two Kinds of Filmmaking
Why Did He Like It Better?
Family Life
The Unanticipated Collisions of Things
A Pebble, A Cricket, A Wrench
"The Blue Looked Dead"
A Wrong Reading
Divergent/Convergent
The Disappearing Brother
Preludes
A Grease Pencil and Real Time
"Waiting for Provocation"
Last Conversation
Blessed Unrest
Writing Return to Oz
Just Below the Surface
A Wonderful Line from Rilke
Dreams
Miscellany
Murch and the Movies
Acknowledgements
Photo Credits
Index

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