artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson
Sun Feb 21 2016, 05:04pm | 1 comment
I’m confused. Women were indeed often erased from early film history, but the article’s examples are of women who weren’t ignored — they were all frequently nominated for, and sometimes won, the Oscar for Best Film Editing. So they didn’t actually predate the term “film editor,” as the article claims; it even points out that it was in recognition of Margaret Booth’s skills that the term was coined! (And Booth went on to become MGM’s editor-in-chief.) Barbara McLean was featured in the LA Times in 1940, which credited her as a “film editor” with the power to “make stars.” And while Anne Bauchens wasn’t credited for Cleopatra (which also failed to credit some of the cast and most of the crew), she was nominated for Best Editing for it anyway and was credited for her other work.
So while I’m sure there were plenty of women working in film who were unsung during their time, the article’s examples all seem to have had public recognition while their careers were happening. Again, confused.
In any case, it’s encouraging that women film editors seem to be getting more attention today. NPR just did two feature pieces on the editors of Mad Max and Star Wars.
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