Today in movie history, revered editor and sound engineer Walter Murch was born in New York City in 1943. Murch first gained momentum in the film industry working with Oscar-winner Francis Ford Coppola on his film The Rain People (1969) before going on to work with George Lucas on THX1138 (1971) and American Graffiti (1973). He then furthered his professional relationship with Coppola working on films like The Godfather Part II (1974) and The Conversation (1974), the latter which earned him his first Academy Award nomination. His first major contribution to film came on Coppola’s iconic Vietnam drama, Apocalypse Now (1979), for which he won his first Oscar. Murch used a multi-track recording system to create new sounds that invoked both physical tension and psychological drama against the back-drop of Coppola’s war epic. Murch went on to serve as both sound and picture editor for numerous films, winning double Oscars for The English Patient in 1996 for Best Editor and Best Sound Editor. His work with Coppola continued throughout his career, working on films like The Godfather Part III (1990) and Tetro (2009); he also received a double Oscar-nomination in 1990 for The Godfather Part III and Ghost with Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg. Continue reading →
The infamous host of The Daily Show, John Stewart, will see his first theatrical project open on big screens across America this Friday. Rosewater follows the story of Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-Canadian author and journalist, who was detained and tortured in Iran for four months in 2009 under the assumption that he was in contact with an American spy. Bahari had participated in an interview on Stewart’s Daily Show earlier that year that covered the upcoming Iranian presidential election, and so his imprisonment was based on the assumption that he was keeping tabs on Iran’s political leaders and then leaking the information. Since his release, Bahari has written a memoir about the ordeal titled Then They Came For Me, which has now been adapted for the big screen by Stewart and will open in theaters this weekend. The title Rosewater comes from one of Bahari’s torturers, who Bahari never actually saw but remembered that the man smelled of rosewater. Bahari is portrayed in the film by Gael Garcia Bernal (Amores Perros, The Motorcycle Diaries), and Kim Bodnia (Pusher, Bleeder) as Rosewater, with Dimitri Leonidas and Haluk Bilginer also among the supporting cast. Check out the trailer here on MADE, then go check it out this weekend!