Paul Hirsch (film editor)
Paul Hirsch (born November 14, 1945) is an American film editor with over 40 film credits since 1970, best known as one of the premier filmmakers to come out of the New Hollywood movement, collaborating with directors like Brian De Palma, George Lucas, George A. Romero, and Herbert Ross. He won an Academy Award and Saturn Award for his work on the original Star Wars, which he shared with Richard Chew and Marcia Lucas.
Paul Frederick Hirsch
November 14, 1945
|Awards||Academy Award for Best Editing, Saturn Award for Best Editing, ACE Eddie Award for Best Edited Feature Film|
|Honours||Camerimage Award to an Editor with Unique Visual Sensitivity|
Life and career
A native of New York City, and son of painter Joseph Hirsch, after graduating from Columbia he began to pursue a career in editing. In the late 1960s, while editing trailers in NYC, he was introduced by his brother, Charles, to then unknown filmmaker Brian De Palma. Their collaboration has yielded eleven feature films.
In 1978, he won the Academy Award for Best Film Editing for his work on Star Wars, along with Richard Chew and Marcia Lucas. He was also the first person to win the Saturn Award for Best Editing twice, first for Star Wars in 1977 and then Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol in 2011.
He has edited over 35 feature films, including The Empire Strikes Back, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Mission: Impossible, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Footloose, Carrie, Falling Down, Phantom of the Paradise, Obsession, Blow Out, The Secret of My Success, Steel Magnolias and Ray, for which he received a second Academy Award nomination in 2005 and the American Cinema Editors' award for Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy or Musical). He has also worked with Duncan Jones on Source Code and Warcraft.
Hirsch rarely watches movies other than his own more than once. However, he cites that the musical An American in Paris and the science fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey are worthy of repeat viewing.
As film editor
As additional editor
|1980||Home Movies||Brian De Palma||Corky O'Hara|
|1986||The Clan of the Cave Bear||Michael Chapman||Wendy Greene Bricmont|
|2002||Extreme Ops||Christian Duguay||Clive Barrett
|2007||Lions for Lambs||Robert Redford||Joe Hutshing|
|2012||Life of Pi||Ang Lee||Tim Squyres||Uncredited|
|2013||The Great Gatsby||Baz Luhrmann||Jason Ballantine
|World War Z||Marc Forster||Roger Barton
|2018||The Nutcracker and the Four Realms||Lasse Hallström
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- "Paul Hirsch on 'Blow Out' - CineMontage". CineMontage. 2014-09-01. Retrieved 2017-09-18.
- John Castagno, Jewish Artists: Signatures and Monograms (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010), p. 209.
- "The Movie I've Seen the Most". Slate. 2006.