Edited By

“A survey of two hundred and six editors who invented, developed, fine-tuned, and revolutionized the art of film editing.”


“A momentous event in online film culture went mostly unnoticed earlier this year [2019]: the unveiling of Edited By, Su Friedrich’s large and invaluable web resource devoted to women film editors. Friedrich, a renowned experimental filmmaker with a body of work spanning over four decades, tells the story of coming upon a film history book, turning to the editing chapter, and finding that each reference to a film mentioned the director—but never the editor. Looking up the cited films on IMDb, she discovered that most of them were edited by women. Out of this seed of curiosity grew the enormous research effort that has now resulted in the website.

Edited By is global in scope, even if the majority of its entries are devoted to American women. Friedrich points to the unjust lack of attention to editors everywhere, contrasting their relative invisibility to the much greater awareness of directors, writers, and even cinematographers that exists in film culture. “It’s time to stop imagining that ‘it’s really the director’ who does the editing,” she writes. This neglect applies to both male and female editors, but it has had a special impact on the latter by occluding the fact that women have a rich but little-known history as editors, especially in American cinema.”

-Giresh Shambu, “Hidden Histories: The Story of Women Film Editors.” The Criterion Collection. September 12, 2019.

11 thoughts on “Edited By

  1. no it was an unpredictable chaos. not your age. fuck russia. my friend told me the song ’99 red ballooons’ brought down the iron curtain many years ago (told me many years ago)

    1. Nice to know that song has some redeeming quality. I always put it in Ace of Base territory, which is musical horror to my ears.

      1. we al have things that terrify our and. and scary thoughts. trying to suppress thoughts only makes them stronger i have read. not a thing you want. to be tyrannized by your own thoughts

      1. tessa violet throws a kick supergood while throwing a baseball. laura les throws you by saying i am transgender but i want you to think im a girl while wearing a wizard hat very good

      2. What I like about both of these examples is I had no idea who either of these women are, and it probably has something to do with my age. Queen of the Russian state…

      3. The cheerleaders in that video remind me of Mucca Pazza. It could be the chaos and a reminder that I could be a Pope (you too).

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