Geraldine Peroni and Robert Altman
July 5, 1953|
New York, New York
|Died||August 3, 2004
New York, New York
Geraldine "Geri" Peroni (July 5, 1953 – August 3, 2004) was an American film editor who was best known for working with Robert Altman. She received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Editing for her work on Altman's 1992 film, The Player.
Life and career
Peroni was born in Manhattan, New York City and grew up in the borough of Queens. Her collaboration with Altman extended over eight films. Altman said of Peroni "I trusted her totally with everything, I was planning on using her in the next film. She and I saw very much the same way — we just read each other so well."
She was nominated for an Academy Award for Film Editing, the BAFTA Award for Best Editing, and the American Cinema Editors Eddie for her work on The Player (1992). In his obituary, Tony Sloman discussed this film's editing:
The Player is a marvellous example of collaborative editing, Peroni matching Altman's tone with exactitude. Early on, a cut from a zoom-in to the gun in Humphrey Bogart's hand on a postcard sent to Tim Robbins is perfectly successively matched with what appears to be a black frame, in which a reveal shows that it's an open drawer in which the postcard has been placed. Another felicitous sequence is the one in the Pasadena police station, where the Robbins character is arraigned as Lyle Lovett swats a fly and Whoopi Goldberg and her associates ridicule Robbins with laughter. This is beautifully edited; well-shot, too, but the rhythm is built in the cutting.
Peroni's work on Short Cuts (1993) has been discussed by Krin Gabbard, who wrote, "Altman has invited his audiences to provide connections among scenes that float loosely about each other at the same time that he has benefited from the intelligent choices made by the film's editor Geraldine Peroni."
Peroni was found dead at her home in 2004. Her death was ruled a suicide by the New York coroner, a fact disputed by her family. She was in the midst of editing Brokeback Mountain. Dylan Tichenor completed Peroni's work; he later said, "I learned to edit from her, when she was Robert Altman’s editor and I was her apprentice on The Player, and I worked with her for five years. While she was cutting Brokeback Mountain, she passed away rather suddenly, tragically. The first month was really difficult, seeing the work she’d done, all her selections and knowing her thinking behind it. Soon, it got to be cathartic and good to spend this time with her- I found myself thinking about her all the time through this process and it was a gift to me in that way." Tichenor and Peroni were nominated for numerous editing awards for Brokeback Mountain, including the Academy Award, the BAFTA Award, and the American Cinema Editors Eddie.
The director(s) of each film are listed in parentheses.
- 1990: Iron & Silk (Shirley Sun).
- 1990: Vincent & Theo (Altman; with Françoise Coispeau). Peroni's first film with Altman as editor. Altman was working in France and wanted an additional, English speaking editor. He had met Peroni when she was an assistant on O.C. and Stiggs.
- 1991: Johnny Suede (Tom DiCillo). This was the first film that DiCillo directed.
- 1992: The Player (Altman). Peroni was nominated for an Academy Award for her second film with Altman, this time as the sole editor.
- 1992: Thank God I'm a Lesbian (Dominique Cardona and Laurie Colbert)
- 1993: Short Cuts (Altman)
- 1993: Prêt-à-Porter (Altman)
- 1994: Thick Lips Thin Lips (Paul Lee)
- 1996: Kansas City (Altman)
- 1996: Michael (Nora Ephron)
- 1998: The Gingerbread Man (Altman)
- 1999: Cradle Will Rock (Tim Robbins). Robbins is also an actor who played parts in Altman's films The Player, Short Cuts, and Prêt-à-Porter.
- 1999: Jesus' Son (Alison Maclean)
- 2000: The Girl (Sande Zeig)
- 2000: Dr. T and the Women (Altman)
- 2001: The Safety of Objects (Rose Troche)
- 2002–2003: The Wire (TV)
- 2003: The Company (Altman)
- 2005: Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee). Peroni died while editing, which was completed by Dylan Tichenor. The two editors were nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Editing and for an American Cinema Editors Eddie Award.
- "Geraldine Peroni - Film editor, Altman collaborator". Variety. August 7, 2004. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
- Sisario, Ben (August 7, 2004). "Geraldine Peroni, 51; Film Editor Worked With Robert Altman". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
- Sloman, Tony (August 31, 2004). "Geraldine Peroni Obituary: Oscar-nominated film editor on 'The Player'". The Independent. Archived from the original on August 29, 2008.
- Gabbard, Krin (1996). Jammin' at the Margins: Jazz and the American Cinema. University of Chicago Press. p. 291. ISBN 0-226-27788-7.
- Kaufman, Debra (December 1, 2005). "Pieces of Dylan Tichenor". Studio Daily.
- Thompson, David (2011). Altman on Altman. Faber & Faber. ISBN 9780571261642.
- Benoit, Sharon (September–October 2004). "Passages: Picture Editor Geraldine Peroni". Motion Picture Editors Guild Newsletter. Motion Picture Editors Guild. Archived from the original on 2016-01-05.
She was just smarter than I was … she became my taste…I’ll try to remember what she taught me for the future…she had an honest human attitude. I certainly have a lot of respect for her. An editor becomes a part of your brain.Obituary for Peroni in the newsletter of the Motion Picture Editors Guild, which she joined in 1985; the obituary incorporates some recollections from Robert Altman.
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