February 21st, 2014
Walter Murch (who won the Oscar for editing “Apocalypse Now“) was the best filmmaker that spoke with us at USC film school out of the dozens of major folks they brought in. Now he has edited, “Particle Fever,” which comes out next month. I’ve heard from two friends who say it is truly amazing.
PARTOCALYPSE NOW. Talk about going for a superlative — it’s a film about “the most elaborate and costly science experiment ever.”
AS GOOD AS IT GETS
I want to go to Vegas and put money on this film to score huge with the public. All the reviews are sterling, but here’s the most telling line in the Hollywood Reporter review, “Cut by celebrated film editor Walter Murch to build in momentum in the manner of a strong dramatic feature.”
I’ll never forget the amazing talk he gave us at USC, where he talked about “the first three “filmmakers” — Beethoven (he made music that cut instantly from huge to small, just like wide shots to close ups), Rousseau (he wrote novels that showed you could take the small and make it interesting, as film can) and …” some third non-film dude from back then (that I can’t remember, almost 20 years later, sorry). He was the best speaker ever.
Can’t wait to see it!