The 10 Best Editors in the History of Cinema

by TheCanberean | created - 10 Sep 2015 | updated - 30 Dec 2016 | Public

1. Michael Kahn

Editor | Minority Report

Michael Kahn was born on December 8, 1935 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an editor, known for Minority Report (2002), Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).

2. Thelma Schoonmaker

Editor | The Departed

Thelma Schoonmaker was born on January 3, 1940 in Algiers, Algeria as Thelma Colbert Schoonmaker. She is an editor, known for The Departed (2006), Raging Bull (1980) and Hugo (2011). She was previously married to Michael Powell.

3. Anne V. Coates

Editor | Lawrence of Arabia

After harrowing experiences as a nurse at Sir Archibald McIndoe's pioneering plastic surgery hospital in East Grinstead, Anne Coates started to fulfil her long-held ambition to be a film director with a company called Religious Films. The work consisted of patching up prints of devotional shorts ...

4. William Reynolds

Editor | The Sound of Music

New York-born William Reynolds was a self-effacing editor with a distinguished sixty-year career in the motion picture industry, noted for his unobtrusive, seamless work on movies of every genre, from romantic melodramas to gangster films. A graduate of Princeton University, he started in the ...

5. Dede Allen

Editor | Dog Day Afternoon

Dede Allen started her career as a messenger at Columbia Pictures. She graduated to being a sound cutter and assistant editor. Her first job as a film editor was for director Robert Wise, and since then, she has achieved a reputation as one of the most stylish and creative editors in the American ...

6. Owen Marks

Editor | Casablanca

Spent his entire career at Warner Brothers, under contract as editor from 1928 until his death in 1960.

7. Walter Murch

Sound_department | The English Patient

Walter Murch has been editing sound in Hollywood since starting on Francis Ford Coppola's film The Rain People (1969). He edited sound on American Graffiti (1973) and The Godfather: Part II (1974), won his first Academy Award nomination for The Conversation (1974), won his first Oscar for ...

8. George Tomasini

Editor | North by Northwest

George Tomasini has been something of an unsung hero in the editing business. He was for several years under contract to Paramount, before joining Alfred Hitchcock to collaborate on nine projects, beginning with Rear Window (1954). This partnership was to span a ten-year period, ending in ...

9. Daniel Mandell

Editor | The Apartment

Thrice Oscar-winning editor Daniel Mandell started out in show business as one of "The Flying Mandells" with Ringling Brothers Circus. He then turned his acrobatic skills to performing on the vaudeville circuit. Following service with the Marines in World War I and subsequently taking part in the ...

10. Gerald B. Greenberg

Editor | The French Connection

Gerald B. Greenberg was born on July 29, 1936 in New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on The French Connection (1971), Apocalypse Now (1979) and Kramer vs. Kramer (1979). He died on December 22, 2017 in Santa Monica, California, USA.



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