Aaron Stell

Aaron Stell (March 26, 1911 – January 7, 1996, in Los Angeles) was an American film editor with one hundred feature film credits and many additional credits for his television work.[1] Stell worked for more than a decade at the start of his career at Columbia Pictures (1943–1955 credits), which was a major Hollywood studio in that era. Among his most noted films are Touch of Evil (directed by Orson Welles-1958), To Kill a Mockingbird (directed by Robert Mulligan-1962), and Silent Running (directed by Douglas Trumbull-1972).[2][3][4]

Touch of Evil, which was directed by Orson Welles, proved difficult for Stell; he was not the initial editor but instead chosen for re-editing, and he noted that Welles became "ill, depressed, and unhappy with the studio's impatience" in the process.[5]

Stell had been selected as a member of the American Cinema Editors. He was nominated for the American Cinema Editors Eddie award for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). He was also nominated for Eddies for his television work on an episode of Ben Casey (1961) and on the mini-series Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980). In 1996 he shared the American Cinema Editors Career Achievement Award with Desmond Marquette.[6]

Selected filmography


  1. Aaron Stell on IMDb
  2. John Howard Reid (2005). Hollywood Gold: Films of the Forties and Fifties. Lulu.com. pp. 168–169. ISBN 978-1-4116-3524-1.
  3. "BFI profile: Aaron Stell". British Film Institute.
  4. Kermode, Mark (2014). Silent Running. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 59. ISBN 9781844578344. The finished sequence, which relies on Schikele's intelligently counterpoised score, is a masterclass in editing, with Aaron Stell moving deftly between detailed close-ups of the mechanical arms and intense shots of Dern's pained and sometimes terrified reaction ....
  5. Charles Higham. The Films of Orson Welles. University of California Press. pp. 150–151. GGKEY:9FNTB9F9DXZ.
  6. "American Cinema Editors, USA: Awards for 1996". Internet Movie Database.
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