R.I.P. Peter Zinner, Film Editor Extraordinaire

Three iconic movies that colored self’s life in Manila:

The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
The Deer Hunter (1978)

Aside from the fact that the three aforementioned were directed by Italian Americans (Please excuse the type-casting, dear blog readers) and introduced self to the wonders of Al Pacino, Robert de Niro, Chris Walken, and Meryl Streep, they all benefited from the attentions of a genius editor. At 9 PM last night, self was in Whole Foods and picked up the last copy of Monday’s New York Times. On the Obituaries page, she read this:

Peter Zinner, a longtime Hollywood film editor who worked on the first two “Godfather” movies and won an Oscar for the 1978 film “The Deer Hunter”, died on Tuesday in Santa Monica, California. He was 88.

Now self knows why The Godfather: Part III was so awful. It was not edited by Peter Zinner.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

Iain Kelly

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