Michael Kahn (film editor)

Michael Kahn (born December 8, 1935) is an American film editor. His credits range from TV's Hogan's Heroes to feature films directed by George C. Scott (The Savage is Loose) and Steven Spielberg, with whom he has had an extended, notable collaboration for over 40 years.[1]

Life and career

Kahn was born in New York City. He continued to edit on film until around 2011, significantly longer than most other professional film editors.[2] In 2008, Kahn acknowledged that "people find it hard to believe that Steven and I still edit film on a Moviola and a KEM. [But] Steven feels film got us where we are today and he loves the smell of it and feel of it. We started that way and both really enjoy it."[3] George Lucas remarked "Michael Kahn can cut faster on a Moviola than anybody can cut on an Avid."[4] Since The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, Kahn has edited Spielberg's films on an Avid machine,[5] though he has edited digitally before for projects like Twister.[6]

Awards

Kahn is the most-nominated editor in Academy Awards history with eight nominations. In addition Kahn holds the record for the most wins (three) in the category of the Academy Awards for Best Film Editing, tied with Thelma Schoonmaker, Daniel Mandell, and Ralph Dawson. All of the films for which he won Oscars were directed by Steven Spielberg: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Schindler's List (1993), and Saving Private Ryan (1998).

He has also received six BAFTA nominations for Best Editing, winning two for Schindler's List and Fatal Attraction.

Kahn has been selected for membership in the American Cinema Editors (ACE).[7] In 2011, he received the Career Achievement Award of the American Cinema Editors. At the ceremony, Steven Spielberg said of editing: "this is where filmmaking goes from a craft to an art."[8] In November 2013, Spielberg created the Michael Kahn Endowed Chair in Editing at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts in honor of Kahn. The first to be appointed to the position was Norman Hollyn.[9][10]

Filmography

Year Title Director Notes
1969The ActivistArt Napoleon
1970 Night Slaves Ted Post
1971Touch MeAnthony Spinelli
1972Wild in the SkyWilliam T. Naud
Trouble ManIvan Dixon
RageGeorge C. Scott
1973The Spook Who Sat by the DoorIvan Dixon
1974Black Belt JonesRobert Clouse
Truck TurnerJonathan Kaplan
Golden NeedlesRobert Clouse
Buster and BillieDaniel Petrie
Sidney Sheldon
The Savage Is LooseGeorge C. Scott
1975The Devil's RainRobert Fuest
The Ultimate WarriorRobert Clouse
1976The Return of a Man Called HorseIrvin Kershner
1977Close Encounters of the Third KindSteven SpielbergNominated—Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Editing
1978Eyes of Laura MarsIrvin Kershner
Ice CastlesDonald Wrye
19791941Steven Spielberg
1980Used CarsRobert Zemeckis
1981Raiders of the Lost ArkSteven SpielbergAcademy Award for Best Film Editing
ACE Eddie for Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Editing
1982PoltergeistTobe Hooper
1983Table for FiveRobert Lieberman
Twilight Zone: The Movie Steven Spielberg Segment: "Kick the Can"
1984Indiana Jones and the Temple of DoomNominated—BAFTA Award for Best Editing
Falling in LoveUlu Grosbard
1985The GooniesRichard Donner
The Color PurpleSteven Spielberg
1986WisdomEmilio Estevez
1987Fatal AttractionAdrian LyneBAFTA Award for Best Editing
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Nominated—ACE Eddie for Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic
Empire of the SunSteven SpielbergNominated—Academy Award for Best Film Editing
1988Arthur 2: On the RocksBud Yorkin
1989Indiana Jones and the Last CrusadeSteven Spielberg
Always
1990ArachnophobiaFrank Marshall
1991Toy SoldiersDaniel Petrie Jr.
HookSteven Spielberg
1993AliveFrank Marshall
Jurassic ParkSteven Spielberg
Schindler's ListAcademy Award for Best Film Editing
ACE Eddie for Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic
BAFTA Award for Best Editing
1995CasperBrad Silberling
1996TwisterJan de Bont
1997The Lost World: Jurassic ParkSteven Spielberg
AmistadNominated—Satellite Award for Best Editing
1998Saving Private RyanAcademy Award for Best Film Editing
ACE Eddie for Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Editing
Satellite Award for Best Editing
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Editing
1999The HauntingJan de Bont
2000Reindeer GamesJohn Frankenheimer
2001A.I. Artificial IntelligenceSteven Spielberg
2002Minority Report
Catch Me If You Can
2003Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of LifeJan de Bont
Peter PanP. J. Hogan
2004Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate EventsBrad Silberling
The TerminalSteven Spielberg
2005War of the WorldsNominated—Satellite Award for Best Editing
MunichNominated—Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Nominated—ACE Eddie for Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Editing
200610 Items or LessBrad Silberling
2008The Spiderwick ChroniclesMark Waters
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullSteven Spielberg
2010Prince of Persia: The Sands of TimeMike Newellwith Mick Audsley and Martin Walsh
2011The Adventures of TintinSteven SpielbergNominated—Saturn Award for Best Editing
War HorseNominated—ACE Eddie for Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic
Nominated—Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Editing
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Editing
2012LincolnNominated—Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Nominated—Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Editing
Nominated—International Online Film Critics' Poll Award for Best Editing
2014 Seventh Son Sergei Bodrov
2015Bridge of Spies Steven Spielberg Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Editing
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Editing
2016The BFGSaturn Award for Best Editing
2017The PostNominated—ACE Eddie for Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic
Nominated—Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Editing
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Editing
Nominated—San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Editing
Nominated—St. Louis Film Critics Association Award for Best Editing
2018Ready Player One
2020West Side StoryPost-production
2021Untitled Indiana Jones fifth filmPre-production

References

  1. Tapley, Kristopher (December 8, 2015). "Editor Michael Kahn on 'Bridge of Spies' and Four Decades of Steven Spielberg Magic". Variety. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  2. King, Susan (April 8, 2018). "Film editor Michael Kahn on his long, award-winning work with Steven Spielberg". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  3. Ian Freer (May 2008). "The Indiana Jones Diaries". Empire. p. 26.
  4. Richard Corliss (2006-03-14). "A Conversation with George Lucas". Time. Retrieved 2008-10-30.
  5. Desowitz, Bill (January 2012). "Cinematic Siblings Still Thinking Analogue in a Digital World". Editors Guild Magazine. Motion Picture Editors Guild. Archived from the original on June 2, 2015. Retrieved June 1, 2015.
  6. Davidson, Keay (June 1, 1996). Twister: The Science of Tornadoes and the Making of a Natural Disaster Movie. New York City: Gallery Books. p. XX. ISBN 0671000292. Retrieved June 1, 2015.
  7. "American Cinema Editors > Members", webpage archived by WebCite from this original URL on 2008-03-04.
  8. Giardina, Carolyn (February 19, 2011). "'Social Network' Wins Best Edited Dramatic Feature at ACE Eddie Awards". The Hollywood Reporter.
  9. "USC Trustee Steven Spielberg creates Michael Kahn Chair in Editing". University of Southern California. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  10. Philadelphia, Desa (November 13, 2013). "Michael Kahn Honored at SCA". University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
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