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The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing Reviews

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½ April 5, 2017
The film editor, like so many jobs in the industry, is so often overlooked when it comes to evaluating a finished product, but The Cutting Edge hopes to change that, and truly does a great job of highlighting just how important the job is. Like other exhibition-style documentaries of this kind, the technical presentation is nothing more than directors and editors speaking about their craft, often intercut with footage for comparison. The real strength of this documentary is simply the passion behind each of the featured editors, how they all view the process not just as a technical process in the final stages of a film's "birth" but as a way to craft and elicit emotions and juggle the flow of a story. Although, the documentary is, very fittingly, well edited: intercuts between directors and their editors about their individual viewpoints on the process, are insightful and, in the case of one moment with Alexander Payne and Kevin Tent discussing editing Election, genuinely amusing. It runs a lean 98 minutes, but it's the kind of subject matter that could run another 98 and never become boring. Anyone with even the slightest interest in filmmaking should check this one out.
½ March 18, 2016
Excellent documentary on the medium.
August 2, 2015
Brilliant documentary about the art of film editing.
½ October 15, 2014
Its a great movie to watch for people who are truly interested in the art of filmmaking.
October 26, 2013
This was a great documentary, never failed to entertain
September 5, 2013
A great documentary regarding its medium.
June 28, 2013
A great documentary on the unsung heroes of film.
January 22, 2013
A GREAT documentary about film editing and proves once and for all Macs are better than PCs.
½ June 30, 2012
Another "must see" covering a wide range of perspective and insight into film making with regard to the editor.
½ June 10, 2012
Well-made documentary structured in a creative way with great interviews with some amazing directors and editors.
May 24, 2012
Poorly editing lets this doco down...
½ April 10, 2012
An interesting and insightful documentary which will surely interest everyone.
Super Reviewer
½ November 8, 2011
Fascinating documentary about a field that, at first glance, doesn't seem very interesting (it is). The Cutting Edge demonstrates the importance of an editor, the unsung hero of the film industry, without overly glorifying the profession. Kathy Bates narrates and movie icons such as Spielberg, Scorsese, Tarantino, Jodie Foster and Sean Penn share their point of view. Goes to show that a documentary that's, in a very big way, educational, can also be very entertaining.
September 29, 2011
Para conocer a los hà (C)roes anónimos del cine. Porque escribir, dirigir, actuar, etc., es solo la mitad del trabajo. El editor hace que una película sea una película.
August 16, 2011
Good documentary on movie editing but, ironically enough, would have been better if it had been more tightly edited. About 20 minutes too long.
February 24, 2011
A good beginner's guide to understand aesthetics of film editing.
January 3, 2011
This Doc is included on the Bullitt 2 Disc SE. I'm not sure why? I guess because WB owns it, the Bullitt car chase is in it, and Bullitt won an Oscar for editing.
December 9, 2010
Amazing documentary produced by Wendy Apple showing the importance of editing. A must have for film students and movie buffs.
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