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Jim Clark – Dream Repairman

Message: “Richard, please could you go down to the cutting room of ‘The Killing Fields‘ and meet Jim Clark.” From David Puttnam.

I don’t recall clearly what our first exchange of pleasantries were – but I do have a visual memory of entering Jim’s cutting room as I was announced in by Bryan, his trusted assistant. A feeling of orderly calm, with light music playing in the background with an array of trim bins holding the strips of 35mm shot footage ready for selection. Jim was sat at the ‘Steinbeck’ considering his latest selection.

I must have made the right impression on our first meeting, as we continued to meet after on ‘The Mission, The Frog Prince, Memphis Belle, Meeting Venus and Copycat.

In Jim’s book ‘Dream Repairman‘ he cuts and splices together a rich life in the movie business – a great read and such a personal pleasure for me to have worked with on some of his greats.

“Jim Clark’s book is witty, wise and wonderfully well written. Anybody remotely interested in the past fifty years of British cinema should lap it up.” David Puttnam.

Jim Clark

“Jim Clark is a master at his craft and ‘repaired’ my film as a director in ways that were beyond my knowledge or comprehension. Read ‘Dream Repair Man’ and you’ll understand what I mean. I will be grateful to him for life.” Gene Wilder.

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  1. Raul Davalos, A.C.E.
    May 15, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Mr. Clark has edited some of our finest films, many of which were very inspiring to a young editor. The art of film editing is more than just making a smooth cut to get someone across the room. The bigger picture of film editing has to do with great storytelling, dramatic, comedic, suspenseful … molding scenes and changing their order, each genre requiring it’s own sensibility and Mr. Clark is a master of them all. Those films continue to be a source of inspiration for a now slightly older editor and I’m looking forward to start reading and being inspired again.

  2. Bruce Green
    May 22, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Jim Clark’s editing helped create the rythems of the 1960’s along with Julie Christie’s walk. For the next 50 years he was the Charlie Watts of English film holding the work of great directors and actors together. His editing has an understated subtly that allowed all the disperate work that makes a film coalese and shine. There is never a feeling of “hey look at me, aren’t I clever” in his craft. His is an egoless editing that always put the story, the performances and ultimately the audience first. His book will help put to rest any who still subscribe to the Auteur Theory.

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