>Seeing the join: on film editing

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In memoriam Dede Allen  
(December 3, 1923 – April 17, 2010)
The below entry was originally published the day before Dede Allen died. Allen was the highly innovative editor of such notable films as Bonnie and Clyde, The Hustler, Rachel, Rachel, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, Night Moves, Slap Shot, Reds, The Breakfast Club and Henry and June

Dissolve by Aaron Valdez (2003): “Found footage film constructed of hundreds of dissolves taken from old educational films and reassembled to create a meditation on our own impermanence”. 

Film Studies For Free presents a much requested links list today, one to openly accessible, high quality scholarly studies of film editing. Without further ado, let’s jump cut straight to it:

  • ‘The Art of Film Editing’, Special Issue of P.O.V: A Danish Journal of Film Studies, edited by Richard Raskin, Number 6 December 1998 – PDF containing:
    • Søren Kolstrup, ‘The notion of editing’   
    • Sidsel Mundal, ‘Notes of an editing teacher’  
    • Mark Le Fanu, ‘On editing’
    • Vinca Wiedemann, ‘Film editing – a hidden art?’
    • Edvin Kau, ‘Separation or combination of fragments? Reflections on editing’
    • Lars Bo Kimersgaard, ‘Editing in the depth of the surface. Some basic principles of graphic editing’
    • Martin Weinreich, ‘The urban inferno. On the æsthetics of Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver
    • Scott MacKenzie, ‘Closing arias: Operatic montage in the closing sequences of the trilogies of Coppola and Leone’
    • Claus Christensen, ‘A vast edifice of memories: the cyclical cinema of Terence Davies’,
    • Richard Raskin, ‘Five explanations for the jump cuts in Godard’s Breathless

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