Leo McCarey’s ‘Duck Soup’

January 1, 2012

In Syracuse New York in 1967, my dad’s RCA console TV received three broadcast channels. One of them was the local PBS station. That’s where I first saw Duck Soup, the classic Marx Brothers comedy. […]

Wes Anderson’s ‘Rushmore’

September 1, 2011

There are those wonderful, albeit rare occasions when you are sent a script and immediately a sense of excitement overtakes you. Such was the case in 1997 when Wes Anderson sent me Rushmore. I felt so…lucky! […]

Mike Figgis’ ‘Leaving Las Vegas’

July 1, 2011

Over time, I realized I was married to an alcoholic. For me, Leaving Las Vegas was the film that most moved me in my adult life. Nicolas Cage plays Ben, an alcoholic Hollywood writer struggling greatly with the disease. […]

Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960)

March 1, 2011

Viewing the shower scene for the first time, I don’t think I was aware of its status as one of the most famous sequences in cinematic history. Little did I know that my fascination (and later my career) in editing would be traced back to this moment in time. […]

David Lean’s ‘The Bridge on The River Kwai’

November 1, 2010

Unlike many of my colleagues, I did not grow up a film nut. I was a sports nut, particularly baseball, and following my parents’ lead, a Gershwin, Sinatra and Broadway musical nut. For me, movies were fun, but nothing like watching the Yankees lose (a rare occurrence) or pretend- ing I was Frank, or Oscar Levant playing “Rhapsody in Blue” before a rapt audience at Carnegie Hall. […]

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