Fine Cuts: Interviews on the Practice of European Film Editing

By Roger Crittenden

In the expanded second edition of Fine Cuts, Roger Crittenden reveals the experiences of the greatest European film editors through his warm and perceptive interviews. This new edition builds on the foundations laid out in 2005, including interviews with the editors of films such as Day for Night, The Sacrifice, The Kid with a Bike, and Fanny and Alexander; new interviews with editors of such films as Tyrannosaur and The Other Side of Hope; and editors from a wider range of countries, including Austria, Belgium, Finland, Portugal, and Russia. The book now embraces all aspects of post-production, with insights into sound editing from Larry Sider, originator of the renowned School of Sound, and music composition from Oscar winner Dario Marianelli (Atonement).

Editors relate their experiences with directors including:

  • Claire Atherton [Chantal Akerman]
  • Mick Audsley [Terry Gilliam, Stephen Frears]
  • Yann Dedet [François Truffaut, Claire Denis, Maurice Pialat]
  • Marie-Hélène Dozo [Dardenne Brothers]
  • François Gédigier [Patrice Chéreau, Lars von Trier]
  • Samu Heikkilä [Aki Kaurismäki]
  • Sylvia Ingemarsdotter [Ingmar Bergman]
  • Tony Lawson [Nicolas Roeg, Stanley Kubrick, Neil Jordan]
  • Michal Leszczylowski [Andrei Tarkovsky, Lukas Moodysson]
  • Roberto Perpignani [Orson Welles, Bernardo Bertolucci, Tavianni Brothers]
  • Mary Stephen [Éric Rohmer]

Each interview also includes a list of cited and notable films for further study. An online eResource contains additional interviews with editors Sabine Mamou, Agnès Guillemot, and Nino Baragli.


"What gives all of these interviews their complexity and warmth is not only the different nationalities, but even more so the richly diverse and 'uncinematic' family backgrounds of the editors collected here. Had they followed in their parents' footsteps they would have instead become teachers, pilots, tailors, doctors, farmers, chemists, vegetable sellers, astronomers, bookkeepers, salesmen, road workers, dry cleaners, dentists or civil servants. Luckily for the readers of this marvelous book, and for world cinema, they took another route and - to use Godard's evocative description of film editing - transformed chance into destiny, making the varied circumstances of their lives a reflection of montage at its most sublime, when accidental moments are propelled by structure into inevitability."

--Walter Murch, Academy Award-winning Editor, Apocalypse Now (1979), The Godfather: Part III (1990), The English Patient (1996)

"The cutting room is where you learn how to make films, where you face up to your limitations and realise what you should have done. So, you'd better have a good relationship with your editor. The people talking here are amongst the best. Treat them well." --Stephen Frears, BAFTA TV Award winner, Academy Award nominee; Director, Philomena (2013), The Queen (2006), Dirty Pretty Things (2002), Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

"The editors I know are full of insights and revealing stories about their work - this is a good read, full of great anecdotes." --Ken Loach, BAFTA Film Award winner; Director, I, Daniel Blake (2016), The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006), A Fond Kiss (2004), Land and Freedom (1995)

"Crittenden has juxtaposed individual interviews with essays and critical arguments by some of the directors who worked alongside these editors. For anyone who has enjoyed the French New Wave, Italian Neo-Realism, or the films of Andrei Tarkovsky or Ingmar Bergman, Crittenden's volume will be essential reading."  --Ray Zone, American Editors Guild Magazine


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Publisher Not available
Publish date 05/18/2018
Pages 320
ISBN-13 9781138201996
ISBN-10 1138201995
Language English

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