About Peter Tonguette

Peter Tonguette is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Sight & Sound, Film Comment and Cineaste.
He can be reached at tonguetteauthor2@aol.com.

John Bloom on ‘Who’ll Stop the Rain?’

January 11, 2018

In the early 1960s, when he first met director Karel Reisz, editor John Bloom already knew his way around a cutting room. By then, the London-born editor had risen through the ranks as an assistant editor to cut several films solo. […]

‘Wonder’ Woman

December 8, 2017

Over the past two decades, editor Alisa Lepselter, ACE, has worked on a range of films. Her credits include a caper set in the cookie business, a farce focused on a filmmaker afflicted with blindness, and a crime story populated by England’s upper classes. […]

Deconstructing Woody

December 8, 2017

The year was 1976. The place was the New York brownstone of editor Ralph Rosenblum, ACE. And the film was Woody Allen’s Annie Hall, released the following year to wide acclaim and four Oscar wins. One day after work, Allen and Susan E. Morse, ACE — later his main editor, then an assistant editor — found themselves leaving the cutting room at about the same time. […]

Tom Foligno on ‘The Aviator’

December 8, 2017

In 2004, after spending a decade working with Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker, ACE, assistant editor Tom Foligno finally got his first chance to be an editor. It wasn’t in the cutting room, however, but on the big screen. […]

Catherine Harper on ‘Lost Highway’

November 22, 2017

Foley artist Catherine Harper, MPSE, remembers the first time she encountered filmmaker David Lynch. In 1996, she was about to start creating Foley sounds for Lynch’s upcoming film, ‘Lost Highway.’ […]

Charles Ciup on ‘Hairspray Live!’

September 14, 2017

As the technical director of “Hairspray Live!,” Charles Ciup was at the helm of a switcher to alternate between the angles of the show’s 19 cameras, and in charge of cutting to a close-up or a wide shot at just the right moment. […]

Rick Alexander on ‘Ronin’

August 4, 2017

In 1998, when re-recording mixers Rick Alexander and Richard D. Rogers first met with director John Frankenheimer about working on “Ronin,” there were many subjects that could have been discussed. […]

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