A Long Time Ago, in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away: My Fifty Years Editing Hollywood Hits – Star Wars, Carrie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Mission: Impossible, and More

A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away is a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most influential films of the last 50 years by Paul Hirsch, a film editor who worked on more than 40 features. 

Starting with his work on Carrie, Hirsch gives insight into the production process, touching upon casting, directing, cutting, and scoring. It’s a riveting look at the decisions that went into creating memorable and iconic scenes and offers fascinating portraits of filmmakers, stars, and composers.

Part film-school primer, part paean to legendary directors and professionals, the funny yet insightful writing will entertain and inform aficionados and casual moviegoers alike.

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  1. Wonderful memoir of a life editing Hollywood films I’ve read a lot of books on the movies, but I can’t recall reading one as enjoyable of Paul Hirsch’s memoir of his life as a film editor. Hirsch worked as the principal editor on a number of great–Star Wars, Mission Impossible–and not so great–The Adventures of Pluto Nash–films over a career that has lasted 50 years and counting.The book is filled with anecdotes about some of Hollywood’s greatest stars (get on Tom Cruise’s good side and you’ll receive a cocoanut cake every…

  2. A must-have for cinephiles & Star Wars fans alike! Paul Hirsch is one of Hollywood’s unsung heroes (as most editors typically are). While producers, writers, and directors are typically the members of the production team that get the most glory, it’s the editor that truly makes it all come together.As a Star Wars fan I picked up this book for Paul’s work on both the first Star Wars film and its sequel, ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. As a filmmaker (and fellow editor) I was enthralled by his overall experience in the film industry over…

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