A Company Man But A Union Man: Ben Lewis (1894-1970)

May 1, 2012

In a way, Ben Lewis, one of the three founding members of the Society of Motion Picture Film Editors (SMPFE) — now the Motion Picture Editors Guild — was the quintessential company man, working 45 of his 52 years in the cutting room at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. […]

The 75 Best Edited Films

May 1, 2012

The results of a survey of Editors Guild members to name their choices for the best edited film of all time, taking into consideration picture, sound and music editing, as well as re-recording mixing […]

When Film Followed Television’s Lead

March 1, 2012

Because the shortsighted Hollywood film industry did not want anything to do with the new invention called television in the mid-1940s, the radio industry took over the burgeoning medium. New York became the dominant center for the first decade of TV, as the radio studios were located in Manhattan. […]

The CinemaScope Rebound

March 1, 2012

With the inauguration of television after World War II, motion picture attendance suffered a precipitous decline. From 1946 to 1952, attendance at movie theatres had dropped by almost half, from 83 million to 46 million per week. […]

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. […]

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