Walter Murch

Walter Scott Murch (born July 12, 1943) is an American film editor, director, writer and sound designer. With a career stretching back to 1969, including work on THX 1138, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather I, II, and III, American Graffiti, The Conversation, and The English Patient, with three Academy Award wins (from nine nominations: six for picture editing and three for sound mixing), he has been referred to by Roger Ebert as "the most respected film editor and sound designer in the modern cinema."

Return to Oz (1985)

Dorothy, saved from a psychiatric experiment by a mysterious girl, finds herself back in the land of her dreams, and makes delightful new friends, and dangerous new enemies.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Murch
CAST:  Fairuza Balk  •  Nicol Williamson  •  Piper Laurie  •  Jean Marsh

Dorothy, saved from a psychiatric experiment by a mysterious girl, finds herself back in the land of her dreams, and makes delightful new friends, and dangerous new enemies.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Murch
CAST:  Fairuza Balk  •  Nicol Williamson  •  Piper Laurie  •  Jean Marsh

Artifact from the Future: The Making of 'THX 1138' (2004)

The Making of feature for the George Lucas movie 'THX 1138'.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  George Lucas  •  Francis Ford Coppola  •  Walter Murch  •  Matthew Robbins

The Making of feature for the George Lucas movie 'THX 1138'.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  George Lucas  •  Francis Ford Coppola  •  Walter Murch  •  Matthew Robbins

Side by Side (2012)

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Since the invention of cinema, the standard format for recording moving images has been film. Over the past two decades, a new form of digital filmmaking has emerged, creating a groundbreaking evolution in the medium. Keanu Reeves explores the development of cinema ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Kenneally
CAST:  Keanu Reeves  •  Martin Scorsese  •  James Cameron  •  David Fincher

Since the invention of cinema, the standard format for recording moving images has been film. Over the past two decades, a new form of digital filmmaking has emerged, creating a groundbreaking evolution in the medium. Keanu Reeves explores the development of cinema ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Kenneally
CAST:  Keanu Reeves  •  Martin Scorsese  •  James Cameron  •  David Fincher

Murch: Walter Murch on Editing (2007)

MURCH is a portrait of Academy Award winning editor and sound designer Walter Murch, whose unique approach to an invisible craft has fueled a visible following. As one of the original members of American Zoetrope Studios, he has taken part in the evolution of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Bleiman Ichioka  •  Edie Ichioka
CAST:  Walter Murch

MURCH is a portrait of Academy Award winning editor and sound designer Walter Murch, whose unique approach to an invisible craft has fueled a visible following. As one of the original members of American Zoetrope Studios, he has taken part in the evolution of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Bleiman Ichioka  •  Edie Ichioka
CAST:  Walter Murch

The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (2004)

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Documentary about the art of film editing. Clips are shown from many groundbreaking films with innovative editing styles.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wendy Apple
CAST:  Martin Scorsese  •  Quentin Tarantino  •  Jodie Foster  •  Steven Spielberg

Documentary about the art of film editing. Clips are shown from many groundbreaking films with innovative editing styles.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wendy Apple
CAST:  Martin Scorsese  •  Quentin Tarantino  •  Jodie Foster  •  Steven Spielberg

Bald: The Making of 'THX 1138' (1971)

The film features a conversation between Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola, producer of THX 1138. They discuss Lucas' vision for the film, including his ideas about science fiction in general and in particular his concept of the "used future" which would famously ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Lucas
CAST:  George Lucas  •  Francis Ford Coppola  •  Walter Murch  •  Claudette Bessing

The film features a conversation between Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola, producer of THX 1138. They discuss Lucas' vision for the film, including his ideas about science fiction in general and in particular his concept of the "used future" which would famously ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Lucas
CAST:  George Lucas  •  Francis Ford Coppola  •  Walter Murch  •  Claudette Bessing

Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014)

The extraordinary life of Orson Welles (1915-85), an enigma of Hollywood, an irreducible independent creator: a musical prodigy, an excellent painter, a master of theater and radio, a modern Shakespeare, a magician who was always searching for a new trick to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chuck Workman
CAST:  Orson Welles  •  Christopher Welles  •  Peter Bogdanovich  •  Joanne Hill Styles

The extraordinary life of Orson Welles (1915-85), an enigma of Hollywood, an irreducible independent creator: a musical prodigy, an excellent painter, a master of theater and radio, a modern Shakespeare, a magician who was always searching for a new trick to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chuck Workman
CAST:  Orson Welles  •  Christopher Welles  •  Peter Bogdanovich  •  Joanne Hill Styles

Fog City Mavericks (2007)

Fog City Mavericks: The Filmmakers of San Francisco is a compelling exploration of the legendary filmmakers who call the San Francisco Bay Area home including George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Chris Columbus and producer Saul Zaentz. The special ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  George Lucas  •  Francis Ford Coppola  •  John Lasseter  •  Sofia Coppola

Fog City Mavericks: The Filmmakers of San Francisco is a compelling exploration of the legendary filmmakers who call the San Francisco Bay Area home including George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Chris Columbus and producer Saul Zaentz. The special ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  George Lucas  •  Francis Ford Coppola  •  John Lasseter  •  Sofia Coppola

A Legacy of Filmmakers: The Early Years of American Zoetrope (2004)

A fascinating chronicle of the birth and rise of the radically different independent studio founded by director Francis Ford Coppola.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Robert Dalva  •  Francis Ford Coppola  •  Steven Spielberg

A fascinating chronicle of the birth and rise of the radically different independent studio founded by director Francis Ford Coppola.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Robert Dalva  •  Francis Ford Coppola  •  Steven Spielberg

78/52 (2017)

The most famous murder scene in movie history comprises 78 camera settings and 52 cuts: the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. 78/52 tells the story of the man behind the curtain and his greatest obsession.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexandre O. Philippe
CAST:  Emilie Germain  •  Oz Perkins  •  Peter Bogdanovich  •  Guillermo del Toro

The most famous murder scene in movie history comprises 78 camera settings and 52 cuts: the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. 78/52 tells the story of the man behind the curtain and his greatest obsession.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexandre O. Philippe
CAST:  Emilie Germain  •  Oz Perkins  •  Peter Bogdanovich  •  Guillermo del Toro

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018)

The epic life story of Alice Guy-Blaché (1873–1968), a French screenwriter, director and producer, true pioneer of cinema, the first person who made a narrative fiction film; author of hundreds of movies, but banished from history books. Ignored and forgotten. At ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pamela B. Green
CAST:  Alice Guy-Blaché  •  Richard Abel  •  Evan Rachel Wood  •  Marc Abraham

The epic life story of Alice Guy-Blaché (1873–1968), a French screenwriter, director and producer, true pioneer of cinema, the first person who made a narrative fiction film; author of hundreds of movies, but banished from history books. Ignored and forgotten. At ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pamela B. Green
CAST:  Alice Guy-Blaché  •  Richard Abel  •  Evan Rachel Wood  •  Marc Abraham

Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019)

An exploration of the history, artistry and emotional power of cinema sound, as revealed by legendary sound designers and visionary directors, via interviews, clips from movies, and a look at their actual process of creation and discovery.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Midge Costin
CAST:  Walter Murch  •  Christopher Nolan  •  Ben Burtt  •  Ang Lee

An exploration of the history, artistry and emotional power of cinema sound, as revealed by legendary sound designers and visionary directors, via interviews, clips from movies, and a look at their actual process of creation and discovery.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Midge Costin
CAST:  Walter Murch  •  Christopher Nolan  •  Ben Burtt  •  Ang Lee

Coup 53 (2019)

Tehran, Iran, August 19, 1953. A group of Iranian conspirators who, with the approval of the deposed tyrant Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, have conspired with agents of the British MI6 and the US CIA, manage to put an end to the democratic government led by Mohammad ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taghi Amirani
CAST:  Walter Murch  •  David Talbot  •  Farhad Diba  •  Ervand Abrahamian

Tehran, Iran, August 19, 1953. A group of Iranian conspirators who, with the approval of the deposed tyrant Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, have conspired with agents of the British MI6 and the US CIA, manage to put an end to the democratic government led by Mohammad ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taghi Amirani
CAST:  Walter Murch  •  David Talbot  •  Farhad Diba  •  Ervand Abrahamian

The Godfather Family: A Look Inside (1990)

A documentary on the making of the three Godfather films, with interviews and recollections from the film makers and cast. This feature also includes the original screen tests of some of the actors for "The Godfather" film, and some candid moments on the set of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeff Werner
CAST:  Francis Ford Coppola  •  Mario Puzo  •  Marlon Brando  •  James Caan

A documentary on the making of the three Godfather films, with interviews and recollections from the film makers and cast. This feature also includes the original screen tests of some of the actors for "The Godfather" film, and some candid moments on the set of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeff Werner
CAST:  Francis Ford Coppola  •  Mario Puzo  •  Marlon Brando  •  James Caan

The Making of 'American Graffiti' (1998)

Documentary that features many interviews and other footage of the cast and crew for the film American Graffiti (1973)  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurent Bouzereau
CAST:  George Lucas  •  Francis Ford Coppola  •  Ron Howard  •  Cindy Williams

Documentary that features many interviews and other footage of the cast and crew for the film American Graffiti (1973)  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurent Bouzereau
CAST:  George Lucas  •  Francis Ford Coppola  •  Ron Howard  •  Cindy Williams

Sight & Sound: The Cinema of Walter Murch (2020)

Legendary film editor and sound designer Walter Murch talks about his work and philosophy. (Based on over 50 hours of Murch's lectures, interviews, and commentaries.)  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Lefkovitz
CAST:  Walter Murch

Legendary film editor and sound designer Walter Murch talks about his work and philosophy. (Based on over 50 hours of Murch's lectures, interviews, and commentaries.)  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Lefkovitz
CAST:  Walter Murch

Emotional History: The Making of 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being' (2006)

Milan Kundera's rambling novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being, though greatly admired, was thought by Hollywood studio executives to be "unfilmable." Director Philip Kaufman and producer Saul Zaentz proved them wrong. Emotional History follows Kaufman and Zaentz ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Philip Kaufman  •  Jean-Claude Carrière  •  Walter Murch  •  Saul Zaentz

Milan Kundera's rambling novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being, though greatly admired, was thought by Hollywood studio executives to be "unfilmable." Director Philip Kaufman and producer Saul Zaentz proved them wrong. Emotional History follows Kaufman and Zaentz ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Philip Kaufman  •  Jean-Claude Carrière  •  Walter Murch  •  Saul Zaentz

The Godfather: When the Shooting Stopped (2008)

Members of the crew recall the post-production process on the three 'Godfather' movies.  (more)

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CAST:  Francis Ford Coppola  •  Walter Murch  •  George Lucas  •  Richard Marks

Members of the crew recall the post-production process on the three 'Godfather' movies.  (more)

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CAST:  Francis Ford Coppola  •  Walter Murch  •  George Lucas  •  Richard Marks

Remembering Return to Oz (2021)

The gathered memories and warm recollections of the cast and crew of the 1985 Walt Disney Pictures film, RETURN TO OZ. For the first time, we get intimate details about the production of the cult classic fantasy, from such names as director Walter Murch, producers ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Aaron Schultz
CAST:  Walter Murch  •  Fairuza Balk  •  Deep Roy  •  Sophie Ward

The gathered memories and warm recollections of the cast and crew of the 1985 Walt Disney Pictures film, RETURN TO OZ. For the first time, we get intimate details about the production of the cult classic fantasy, from such names as director Walter Murch, producers ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Aaron Schultz
CAST:  Walter Murch  •  Fairuza Balk  •  Deep Roy  •  Sophie Ward