Michael Kahn (film editor)

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This article is about the film editor. For the theatre director, see Michael Kahn (theatre director).

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 over more than thirty years.

Life and career[edit]

Kahn was born in New York. He is a member of the American Cinema Editors (ACE).[1] He is one of the few editors who still edits on film (though he has edited digitally on projects not directed by Spielberg). Kahn acknowledged "People find it hard to believe that Steven and I still edit film on a Moviola and a KEM. [But] Steven feels that 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."[2] George Lucas remarked "Michael Kahn can cut faster on a Moviola than anybody can cut on an Avid."[3] The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn became the first film Kahn edited digitally using Avid for Spielberg though he has edited digitally before for projects like Twister.

Awards[edit]

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.

In 2011, he became the recipient of the American Cinema Editors's Lifetime Career Achievement Award.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Director Notes
1969 The Activist Art Napoleon
1971 Touch Me Anthony Spinelli
1972 Wild in the Sky William T. Naud
Trouble Man Ivan Dixon
Rage George C. Scott
1973 The Spook Who Sat by the Door Ivan Dixon
1974 Black Belt Jones Robert Clouse
Truck Turner Jonathan Kaplan
Golden Needles Robert Clouse
Buster and Billie Daniel Petrie
Sidney Sheldon
The Savage Is Loose George C. Scott
1975 The Devil's Rain Robert Fuest
The Ultimate Warrior Robert Clouse
1976 The Return of a Man Called Horse Irvin Kershner
1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind Steven Spielberg Nominated—Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Editing
1978 Eyes of Laura Mars Irvin Kershner
Ice Castles Donald Wrye
1979 1941 Steven Spielberg
1980 Used Cars Robert Zemeckis
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark Steven Spielberg Academy Award for Best Film Editing
ACE Eddie
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Editing
1982 Poltergeist Tobe Hooper
1983 Table for Five Robert Lieberman
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Steven Spielberg Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Editing
Falling in Love Ulu Grosbard
1985 The Goonies Richard Donner
The Color Purple Steven Spielberg
1986 Wisdom Emilio Estevez
1987 Fatal Attraction Adrian Lyne BAFTA Award for Best Editing
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Empire of the Sun Steven Spielberg Nominated—Academy Award for Best Film Editing
1988 Arthur 2: On the Rocks Bud Yorkin
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Steven Spielberg
Always
1990 Arachnophobia Frank Marshall
1991 Toy Soldiers Daniel Petrie, Jr.
Hook Steven Spielberg
1993 Alive Frank Marshall
Jurassic Park Steven Spielberg
Schindler's List Academy Award for Best Film Editing
ACE Eddie
BAFTA Award for Best Editing
1995 Casper Brad Silberling
1996 Twister Jan de Bont
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park Steven Spielberg
Amistad Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Editing
1998 Saving Private Ryan Academy Award for Best Film Editing
ACE Eddie
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Editing
Satellite Award for Best Editing
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Editing
1999 The Haunting Jan de Bont
2000 Reindeer Games John Frankenheimer
2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence Steven Spielberg
2002 Minority Report
Catch Me If You Can
2003 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life Jan de Bont
Peter Pan P. J. Hogan
2004 The Terminal Steven Spielberg
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Brad Silberling
2005 War of the Worlds Steven Spielberg Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Editing
Munich Nominated—Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Nominated—ACE Eddie
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Editing
2006 10 Items or Less Brad Silberling
2008 The Spiderwick Chronicles Mark Waters
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Steven Spielberg
2010 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Mike Newell
2011 The Adventures of Tintin Steven Spielberg Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Editing
War Horse Nominated—ACE Eddie
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Editing
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Editing
2012 Lincoln Nominated—Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Editing
Nominated—International Online Film Critics' Poll Award for Best Editing
TBA Indiana Jones 5 Announced

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American Cinema Editors > Members", webpage archived by WebCite from this original URL on 2008-03-04.
  2. ^ Ian Freer (May 2008). "The Indiana Jones Diaries". Empire. p. 26. 
  3. ^ Richard Corliss (2006-03-14). "A Conversation with George Lucas". Time. Retrieved 2008-10-30. 

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