April 20, 1909|
|Died||November 22, 1964
|Spouse(s)||Mary Brian (1947-64)|
George Tomasini (April 20, 1909 – November 22, 1964) was an American film editor, born in Springfield, Massachusetts who had a decade long collaboration with director Alfred Hitchcock, editing nine of his movies between 1954-1964. Tomasini edited many of Hitchcock's best-known works, such as the horror film classics The Birds (1963) and Psycho (1960), the spy thriller North by Northwest (1959), the director's masterpieces Vertigo (1958) and Rear Window (1954), as well as other memorable films such as the original Cape Fear (1962). On a 2012 listing of the 75 best edited films of all time, compiled by the Motion Picture Editors Guild based on a survey of its members, four films edited by Tomasini for Hitchcock appear. No other editor appeared more than three times on this listing. The listed films were Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Window, and North by Northwest.
George Tomasini was known for his innovative film editing which, together with Hitchcock's stunning techniques, redefined cinematic language. Tomasini's cutting was always stylish and experimental, all the while pursuing the focus of the story and the characters. Hitchcock and Tomasini's editing of Rear Window has been treated at length in Valerie Orpen's monograph, Film Editing: The Art of the Expressive. His dialogue overlapping and use of jump cuts for exclamation points was dynamic and innovative (such as in the scene in The Birds where the car blows up at the gas station and Tippi Hedren's character watches from a window, as well as the infamous "shower scene" in Psycho). George Tomasini's techniques would influence many subsequent film editors and filmmakers.
Filmography as film editor
The director of each film is indicated in parenthesis:
- Wild Harvest (1947 – Garnett)
- The Turning Point (1952 – Dieterle)
- Stalag 17 (1953 – Wilder)
- Houdini (1953 – Marshall)
- Elephant Walk (1954 – Dieterle)
- Rear Window (1954 – Hitchcock)
- To Catch a Thief (1955 – Hitchcock)
- The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956 – Hitchcock)
- The Wrong Man (1956 – Hitchcock)
- Vertigo (1958 – Hitchcock)
- North by Northwest (1959 – Hitchcock)
- The Time Machine (1960 – Pal)
- Psycho (1960 – Hitchcock)
- The Misfits (1961 – Huston)
- Cape Fear (1962 – Thompson)
- The Birds (1963 – Hitchcock)
- Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? (1963 – Mann)
- Marnie (1964 – Hitchcock)
- 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964 – Pal)
- In Harm's Way (1965 – Preminger)
- Brennan, Sandra. "George Tomasini". allmovie.
- "The 75 Best Edited Films". Editors Guild Magazine. 1 (3). May 2012.
- Orpen, Valerie (2003). Film Editing: The Art of the Expressive. Wallflower Press. ISBN 978-1-903364-53-6.
- Monaco, Paul (2003). Harpole, Charles, ed. The Sixties. History of the American Cinema. 8. University of California Press. pp. 94–96. ISBN 0-520-23804-4.
- Igel, Rachel (1996–1997). "I'll Let The Film Pile Up For You: An Interview With Mary Tomasini". Directory of Members 1996–1997. Motion Picture Editors Guild. Archived from the original on 2013-04-16. This interview with Tomasini's wife appears to be unique as a source of biographical information about Tomasini.
- O'Steen, Bobbie (2009). The Invisible Cut. Michael Wiese Productions. pp. 136–150. ISBN 9781615930227. Bobbie O'Steen provides a frame-by-frame analysis of an important scene from Rear Window.