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From one of our most celebrated novelists, here are Michael Ondaatje's conversations with the film and sound editor Walter Murch. Their exchange reveals behind-the-scenes glimpses of the directors Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Philip Kaufman, Anthony Minghella, and Fred Zinnemann, and inside talk on how a film is put together and how editing differs in film and writing. Equally at ease talking about films, music, medieval architecture, or quantum physics, Murch has worked on such iconic films as the reconstructed Touch of Evil, The Godfather I–III, Apocalypse Now (and Apocalypse Now Redux), The Conversation, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and The English Patient.

Review:

"Although Murch claims the actors on his films rarely know who he is, this excellent, eye-opening book done in a question-and-answer format will make readers glad Ondaatje has shown them the significant role he plays behind the scenes." Publishers Weekly

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"These conversations allow readers a peek behind the curtain to reveal a man as mysterious as his art." Carlos Orellana, Booklist

Review:

"Immensely stimulating....This book should be required reading for anyone working in film and a pleasurable option for moviegoers who wish to deepen and enrich the experience." John Boorman, The Los Angeles Times

Review:

"The Conversations provides fascinating insights into the technical and formal aspects of filmmaking, but it's also a pleasure to read....The most serious, exhaustive, and entertaining discourse with a master filmworker since Truffaut/Hitchcock." Richard Hell, Bookforum

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"This is a sublime example of how to produce a fearsomely intelligent book about the aesthetics of film-making." Sunday Times (London)

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"Here's one of the more interesting cross-disciplinary meetings of minds to hit book form in some time....[T]his is compulsive and compulsory reading for anyone in film school or interested in film history." NOW

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"Readers with even a passing interest in the movies should find many pleasures here....The Conversations should be required reading for every aspiring writer — and anyone else involved in learning to shape a work of art." Quill & Quire

Review:

"It's not often that a quick read provides so much insight." The Ottawa Citizen

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"It is the movie book of the season, in fact, the movie book for every season....What the book sparks, aside from rarely probed thoughts about editing, is a desire to see again the movies Murch has edited and to do this at home hand in hand with reading it." The Toronto Star

Synopsis:

The Conversations is a treasure, essential for any lover or student of film, and a rare, intimate glimpse into the worlds of two accomplished artists who share a great passion for film and storytelling, and whose knowledge and love of the crafts of writing and film shine through.

It was on the set of the movie adaptation of his Booker Prize-winning novel, The English Patient, that Michael Ondaatje met the master film and sound editor Walter Murch, and the two began a remarkable personal conversation about the making of films and books in our time that continued over two years. From those conversations stemmed this enlightened, affectionate book — a mine of wonderful, surprising observations and information about editing, writing and literature, music and sound, the I-Ching, dreams, art and history.

The Conversations is filled with stories about how some of the most important movies of the last thirty years were made and about the people who brought them to the screen. It traces the artistic growth of Murch, as well as his friends and contemporaries — including directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Fred Zinneman and Anthony Minghella — from the creation of the independent, anti-Hollywood Zoetrope by a handful of brilliant, bearded young men to the recent triumph of Apocalypse Now Redux.

Among the films Murch has worked on are American Graffiti, The Conversation, the remake of A Touch of Evil, Julia, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather (all three), The Talented Mr. Ripley, and The English Patient.

“Walter Murch is a true oddity in Hollywood. A genuine intellectual and renaissance man who appears wise and private at the centre of various temporary storms to do with film making and his whole generation of filmmakers. He knows, probably, where a lot of the bodies are buried.”

About the Author

Michael Ondaatje is the author of four previous novels, a memoir, and eleven books of poetry. His most recent novel, Anil's Ghost, won the Governor General's Award, the Giller Prize, the Prix Medicis, and the Irish Times Literature Prize. Born in Sri Lanka, he came to Canada in 1963 and apart from his books has made two documentary films. He lives in Toronto.

Walter Murch, a film and sound editor, has won three Academy Awards. He lives outside San Francisco.

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laston lastof, February 10, 2008 (view all comments by laston lastof)
Those who write say a good movie can not be made with out first having a good story.
Those who operate the camera say that with out excellent pictures shot you can not have a good movie.
Those who direct say that with out direction it is cacophony.
Those who act say that without them the entire screen would be blank and void vistas.
Those who do any of the hundreds of other tasks in a production company know deep in their hearts that without their unique talents all would be lost.
Begging the question ...
Who makes it all work so i can see a finished film/video.
Enter Walter Murch.
Read the insights of a mind blanched in the crucible of daily conversation with author Michael Ondaatje.
Enjoy the musings of the person to whom belong the deft fingers, which have manipulated the machines, that brought many films to the screens of our lifetime.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375709821
Author:
Ondaatje, Michael
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Motion pictures
Subject:
Editing
Subject:
Film & Video - General
Subject:
Film & Video - Cinematography
Subject:
Motion pictures -- Editing.
Subject:
Motion picture editors - United States
Subject:
Film and Television-Production
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
October 5, 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
196 PHOTOGRAPHS IN TEXT
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.53x6.95x.77 in. 1.18 lbs.

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Product details 368 pages Alfred A. Knopf - English 9780375709821 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Although Murch claims the actors on his films rarely know who he is, this excellent, eye-opening book done in a question-and-answer format will make readers glad Ondaatje has shown them the significant role he plays behind the scenes."
"Review" by , "These conversations allow readers a peek behind the curtain to reveal a man as mysterious as his art."
"Review" by , "Immensely stimulating....This book should be required reading for anyone working in film and a pleasurable option for moviegoers who wish to deepen and enrich the experience."
"Review" by , "The Conversations provides fascinating insights into the technical and formal aspects of filmmaking, but it's also a pleasure to read....The most serious, exhaustive, and entertaining discourse with a master filmworker since Truffaut/Hitchcock."
"Review" by , "This is a sublime example of how to produce a fearsomely intelligent book about the aesthetics of film-making."
"Review" by , "Here's one of the more interesting cross-disciplinary meetings of minds to hit book form in some time....[T]his is compulsive and compulsory reading for anyone in film school or interested in film history."
"Review" by , "Readers with even a passing interest in the movies should find many pleasures here....The Conversations should be required reading for every aspiring writer — and anyone else involved in learning to shape a work of art."
"Review" by , "It's not often that a quick read provides so much insight."
"Review" by , "It is the movie book of the season, in fact, the movie book for every season....What the book sparks, aside from rarely probed thoughts about editing, is a desire to see again the movies Murch has edited and to do this at home hand in hand with reading it."
"Synopsis" by , The Conversations is a treasure, essential for any lover or student of film, and a rare, intimate glimpse into the worlds of two accomplished artists who share a great passion for film and storytelling, and whose knowledge and love of the crafts of writing and film shine through.

It was on the set of the movie adaptation of his Booker Prize-winning novel, The English Patient, that Michael Ondaatje met the master film and sound editor Walter Murch, and the two began a remarkable personal conversation about the making of films and books in our time that continued over two years. From those conversations stemmed this enlightened, affectionate book — a mine of wonderful, surprising observations and information about editing, writing and literature, music and sound, the I-Ching, dreams, art and history.

The Conversations is filled with stories about how some of the most important movies of the last thirty years were made and about the people who brought them to the screen. It traces the artistic growth of Murch, as well as his friends and contemporaries — including directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Fred Zinneman and Anthony Minghella — from the creation of the independent, anti-Hollywood Zoetrope by a handful of brilliant, bearded young men to the recent triumph of Apocalypse Now Redux.

Among the films Murch has worked on are American Graffiti, The Conversation, the remake of A Touch of Evil, Julia, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather (all three), The Talented Mr. Ripley, and The English Patient.

“Walter Murch is a true oddity in Hollywood. A genuine intellectual and renaissance man who appears wise and private at the centre of various temporary storms to do with film making and his whole generation of filmmakers. He knows, probably, where a lot of the bodies are buried.”

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