Google+ Cinema Viewfinder: Dede Allen

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Dede Allen

by Tony Dayoub

We often speak of the auteurial era of the seventies that was ushered in by director Arthur Penn and actor-producer (and future direcor) Warren Beatty with their collaboration on Bonnie and Clyde. But surely one of the seminal moments in the launch of that chapter is the explosive, grim, and finally violent, finale of this "lovers-on-the-run" landmark. In honor of Dede Allen, the editor who crafted some of the most suspenseful sequences in film (the recommendations I list at the end are only the ones I've actually seen; her filmography is even more illustrious than what I give her credit for), here is the sequence she is best known for (if you've never seen it, viewer discretion is advised)...

And here's an intimate scene from a different Penn film more people should see...

She died yesterday at 86.

Recommended Films - The Hustler, Bonnie and Clyde, Little Big Man, Slaughterhouse-Five, Serpico, Night Moves, Dog Day Afternoon, Reds (also producer), The Breakfast Club, Henry & June, The Addams Family, Wonder Boys

1 comment:

Mike Lippert said...

Man Bonnie and Clyde sucked! I'm just kidding, of course it didn't. It's sad that editors don't get more credit than they actually do. I mean if you asked me how many editors I knew by name I could probably count them on one hand. This is very sad news.