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Dream Repairman

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Jim Clark shares his experiences as a highly successful film editor at a time when films were a true collaboration of talented individuals.

The legendary “Doctor” Clark was the man who could make sick films healthy again. The role of editor in the collective, collaborative process that is the making of any film is massively important but not one that is generally recognized
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ebook, 380 pages
Published January 12th 2011 by First (first published September 30th 2010)
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Deb Victoroff
I just finished this book and was so sorry it had to end! Hilarious, very gossipy (let's put it this way: names are named and they are BIG names), informative, opinionated.

Oscar winner Jim Clark is a natural writer with an editor's rhythm and construction. Everything that's needed is there and there is no fluff or filler. The mix of personal and professional details is wonderful. He intersperses the narrative with letters and testimonials from other people who were either on the films with him (
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Timothy Urban
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I don't hesitate to give this five stars, despite the rather amateurish quality of the writing. This isn't about the writing. It's about a successful, talented, world-weary editor considerately passing on a whole career's worth of hard-won wisdom and life experience.

It's all done with such humour and honesty, that the less than polished writing style actual seems to add something. How often do you see the movie business through the eyes of anyone but the directors and actors? In this book it's
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Matthew Ogborn
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Four and a half stars for this compelling, no holds barred look into how the film industry has evolved in the UK, Europe and America over the last 60 years or so. You will have seen many of Jim's films over the years, but not really known how influential he was in salvaging something from lost causes or elevating average scripts or shoots into award winning fare. His Ealing years instantly draw you in followed by his work on several iconic movies on both sides of the pond. It is the time spent a ...more
Adrian
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Long time British film editor Clark tells the story of his life in movies which began in the early 1950s and ended in 2008. There are excellent portraits of directors John Schlesinger, David Puttnam and Franco Zefferelli among others. But the overwhelming impression from sixty years in the movies is that raging egos, temper tantrums and backstabbing make it a very disfunctional business. Is perhaps this part of the reason why movie-making appears to be dying out?
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