Dede Allen RIP

Anybody who edited THE HUSTLER, BONNIE & CLYDE, LITTLE BIG MAN, SERPICO, SLAP SHOT and THE BREAKFAST CLUB belongs in the Pantheon. We will not see her kind again, but her cuts were the kindest of all.


7 Responses to “Dede Allen RIP”

  1. After reading Mark Harris’ PICTURES AT A REVOLUTION, you realize that she made BONNIE AND CLYDE what it is … she put the “pieces” together to create a landmark visual. BTW, that was a good closing line in your introduction to the video.

  2. Love SLAP SHOT. Didn’t she also do the editing on Soderbergh’s OUT OF SIGHT?

    Her and Thelma Schoonmaker are the tops as far as editors go.

    • christian Says:

      Ann Coates edited OUT OF SIGHT and received an Oscar nomination. I’d heard that Allen edited the famous trunk love scene but I’ve found no online confirmation of that and since Coates is a brilliant editor (as is Soderbergh) it seems highly unlikely.

      Here’s Coates from an Editing symposium:

      “Coates also showed a steamy love scene between George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez from Steven Soderbergh’s Out of Sight (1998) that was originally shot as two separate scenes. “I cut the two scenes separately, because that’s the way they were in the script,” recalls Coates. “Then Steven and I started experimenting, and had the idea of putting them together to make one sequence that builds and builds into a very complex and passionate scene. The way they were cut together was almost like serving the appetizer and the main course together.”

  3. allen is legend, the passing of a true genius of film. in the collaboration of the holy trinity (director, photographer and editor), the editor is so often the unsung hero. it’s wonderful to see allen’s achievement celebrated.

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