I need to take a quick trip out of town with a friend today, so I’ve got to keep it short.
Luckily, Boldtype’s Film Issue is out. More to the point: Michael Ondaatje’s The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film! Who knew that book existed?
(Murch edited the Godfather movies, the Touch of Evil director’s cut, and Apocalypse Now. And he supervised the editing of Coppola’s The Conversation, which centers on a crackerjack surveillance expert who starts out pathologically detached — with “nothing of value, except my keys” — but grows obsessed with a murder plot he’s paid to overhear.)
Beyond a review of The Conversations, the new issue includes quick recommendations for books that’ve been adapted for the screen. I threw in some praise for Graham Greene’s The Third Man and Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina.