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The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (2004)

TV-PG | | Documentary | 12 October 2004 (USA)
Documentary about the art of film editing. Clips are shown from many groundbreaking films with innovative editing styles.

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Wendy Apple
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathy Bates ... Narrator (voice)
Zach Staenberg Zach Staenberg ... Himself
Jodie Foster ... Herself
Michael Tronick Michael Tronick ... Himself
Anthony Minghella ... Himself
Sean Penn ... Himself
Walter Murch ... Himself
Martin Scorsese ... Himself
Rob Cohen ... Himself
Quentin Tarantino ... Himself
Steven Spielberg ... Himself
James Cameron ... Himself
Antony Gibbs Antony Gibbs ... Himself
Mark Goldblatt ... Himself
Sally Menke ... Herself
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Documentary about the art of film editing. Clips are shown from many groundbreaking films with innovative editing styles.

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USA | Japan | UK

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English

Release Date:

12 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La magia del montaje See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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This documentary is featured on the Two-Disc Special Edition DVD for Bullitt (1968), released in 2005. See more »

Crazy Credits

While the third portion of the credits rolls, Michael Kahn provides his take on "what editors do." See more »

Connections

Features Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

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There's power in juxtaposition

This is one of the two feature-length documentaries on the 2-Disc Special Edition DVD of Bullitt. With a running time of 95 minutes, it is the longer one, by about 12 minutes. It consists of interviews and film clips(old, new, fiction, documentary(including propaganda works), famous and unknown, and a little real life footage; note that there are spoilers for many of the movies) used as examples or such, and narrated well by Kathy Bates. It is ironic that the invisibility and underrating of the role of the editor is somewhat shown by the fact that a couple of the directors here are actors first(big names, of the kind that draw attention), but other than that, I can say nothing negative about this. Everyone here has something to say(no, I know, I didn't expect much from Rob Cohen, the man behind xXx, either), and those who have the most to offer genuinely *are* the ones we see for the majority of this. Speaking as someone who *loves* the art of cutting, I can't say if this will be as compelling to those who aren't into the craft, however, this is clearly made for said group, and if you find yourself in it, you will not regret watching this. Before seeing this, I would not have dared suggest that one could successfully tell the history of its development and cover this amount of ground on the "theory" of it(like the line I quote in the summary, to give just one example) in a mere hour and a half. The whole thing is extremely interesting and informational. It has a great sense of humor without trying too hard. The numerous analogies and the like are excellent. As is fitting for the subject, this is put together rather well. There is a little strong language in this. I recommend this to anyone who wants to know more. 8/10


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